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The US PGA announces more changes to 2020 golf season

Mar 26, 2020

As the Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to sweep around the world, all major sporting events have been sent into chaos. Locally in Australia all major codes have finally been postponed, the Tokyo Olympics have been pushed back a year and golf is not immune. Just days back the USPGA cancelled events to early April and then Augusta National announced that the Masters would be delayed to a date to be confirmed.

Now the USPGA has released an updated statement now affecting events well beyond May. Looks like the TV screens will be full of replays for the time being.

A statement from the PGA TOUR;

The health and safety of everyone associated with the PGA TOUR and the global community is and will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

On March 12, the PGA TOUR made the announcement to cancel or postpone four weeks of events on all six Tours through the week of the Valero Texas Open (April 2-5). Augusta National Golf Club also announced the postponement of the Masters Tournament (April 9-12).

With the most recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Office of the President of the United States, the PGA TOUR will now cancel four additional events: RBC Heritage (April 13-19); Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 20-26); Wells Fargo Championship (April 27-May 3); and AT&T Byron Nelson (May 4-10).

Furthermore, the PGA of America has postponed the PGA Championship (May 14-17) for a date later this year, to be announced.  Also announced today, the USGA is currently holding the dates for the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club as scheduled (June 18-21) but will, as all of us are, continue to monitor the developing situation and follow recommendations by government authorities.

As we receive more clarity in the coming weeks, the TOUR will be working with our tournament organizations and title sponsors, in collaboration with golf’s governing bodies, to build a PGA TOUR schedule for 2020 that ensures the health and safety for all associated with our sport and a meaningful conclusion to the season.  We will provide further updates when those plans come into focus.

Today’s cancellation of PGA TOUR events through May 10 applies to all six Tours, although PGA TOUR Champions has rescheduled The Regions Tradition. Originally slated for May 7-10, the event will now be played September 24-27.  PGA TOUR Champions previously announced on March 16 that the Mastercard Japan Championship (June 12-14) will not be contested due to the current travel advisories in place from the CDC, the WHO and the U.S. Department of State.

We will continue to work with the tournaments and partners affected by the schedule changes to make a positive impact in their respective communities and allow those events to come back at full strength in 2021. To give our fans respite from this ongoing situation, the PGA TOUR is working with its partners to make available archives of past PGA TOUR competitions and additional programming for fans. More details will be made available soon.

SUMMARY of CHANGES

PGA TOUR

March 9-15                    THE PLAYERS Championship                                                              Canceled

March 16-22                  Valspar Championship                                                                        Canceled

March 23-29                  WGC-Dell Match Play Championship                                               Canceled

                                         Punta Cana Corales Resort & Club Championship                        Postponed

March 30-April 5           Valero Texas Open                                                                              Canceled

April 6-12                        the Masters Tournament                                                                   Postponed

April 13-19                      RBC Heritage                                                                                        Canceled

April 20-26                      Zurich Classic of New Orleans                                                           Canceled

April 27-May 3               Wells Fargo Championship                                                                Canceled

May 4-10                        AT&T Byron Nelson                                                                             Canceled

May 11-17                      PGA Championship                                                                              Postponed

PGA TOUR Champions

March 23-29                  Rapiscan Systems Classic                                                                   Postponed

April 13-19                      Mitsubishi Electric Classic                                                                  Canceled

April 27-3                        Insperity Invitational                                                                           Canceled

May 4-10                        Regions Tradition                                                                                 Rescheduled (Sept. 21-27)

June 8-14                        Mastercard Japan Championship                                                     Canceled

Korn Ferry Tour

March 16-22                  Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAS                     Canceled

March 23-29                  Lake Charles Championship                                                               Canceled

March 30-April 5           Savannah Golf Championship                                                            Postponed

April 13-19                      Veritex Bank Championship                                                               Canceled

April 20-26                      Huntsville Championship                                                                    Canceled

April 27-3                        Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation                      Canceled

May 4-10                        KC Golf Classic                                                                                      Canceled

May 11-17                      Visit Knoxville Open                                                                             Postponed

PGA TOUR Latinoamérica

March 23-29                  Buenos Aires Championship presentado por Volvo                      Postponed

March 30-April 5           Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational                                                    Postponed

April 13-19                      89th Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por Telecom-Fiber Group  Postponed

April 20-26                      94th Itau Abierto de Chile presentado por Volvo                          Postponed

May 4-10                        Puerto Plata Open                                                                               Postponed

Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada

March 23-27                  Qualifying Tournament (California)                                                 Postponed

March 30-April 3           Qualifying Tournament (Arizona)                                                     Postponed

April 12-17                      Qualifying Tournament (Florida)                                                       Postponed

April 26-May 1               Qualifying Tournament (Canada)                                                     Postponed

PGA TOUR Series China

February 25-28              Qualifying Tournament (China, then moved to Indonesia)         Postponed

March 3-6                       Qualifying Tournament (Thailand)                                                    Postponed

March 23-29                  Sanya Championship                                                                           Postponed

March 30-April 5           Chongqing Championship                                                                  Postponed

April 13-19                      Guangzhou Open                                                                                 Postponed

May 4-10                        Clearwater Bay Open                                                                          Postponed

As we work together to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, we urge our fans – and everyone around the world – to be mindful of the health and safety measures in place:

Wash or sanitize your hands frequently

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with your elbow

Observe social distancing and avoid large crowds

Avoid contact with your face with your hands

If you have symptoms related to Coronavirus, please stay home from work or other obligations and seek medical attention