The Players Championship canceled; new three PGA events too

The Players Championship canceled; new three PGA events too

The ban ends just ahead of the April 9-12 Masters at Augusta National where the year's first major is due to be contested.

"We have also chose to cancel all PGA Tour events - across all of our Tours - in the coming weeks, through to the Valero Texas Open".

"It's important to note, that could change, but for the time being, this decision allows the PGA Tour, our fans and constituents to plan, prepare and respond as events develop".

"We took all the steps to make certain that, if we were playing today, we were playing in a safe environment".

For a moment, golf was the only sport left standing. "It's one of these things where we have to wait and see", McIlroy said.

It's understood the tournament infrastructure at this week's at TPC Sawgrass will remain in place should the PGA of America, and as championship organisers, elect not to host the event from May 14-17 at the TPC Harding Park in the Golden Gate city.

"It's a very hard decision in unchartered waters", Kisner said. "Rory McIlroy, for one said, he was concerned about it because his mother has respiratory issues and he didn't want to be in a situation where he was giving it to her CT Pan, the Taiwanese golfer, pulled out of the tournament beforehand and certainly that was one voice considered as well", Pepper said.

Asked to contemplate the possibility of playing the Masters with no spectators, McIlroy said: "Just pretty insane to think that".

"I watched Jay's press conference today".

As of Friday morning, over 1,600 cases have been reported in the US, with 40 deaths and 12 people recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources. "It's going to be weird feeling, especially this event where crowd interaction is such a big key to this golf tournament", said Graeme McDowell, after the Northern Irishman had turned in an opening round four-under 68.

"We're talking about a major global problem". The final event was the LPGA's first major of the year. "But ultimately, when you break it down and you think about what's going to happen here over the course of the next three days and then going forward, we're comfortable having our players continue to play at this time".

Monahan said it was a concern he heard from other players as well.

"He played great", said Patrick Cantlay, who played in the same threesome and signed for 5-under 67 and tied with last week's runner-up Marc Leishman.

"For us to keep playing on Tour, all players and people that are involved need to get tested", McIlroy noted, per BBC.com. "And it's really, really scary".

"If it had have been earlier I think they probably wouldn't have let them (spectators) in".

It was to be followed by the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area, the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

Defending champion and world number one Rory McIlroy, trying to become the first back-to-back victor in the event's history, was among those scheduled for an afternoon start.

Monahan said the Players Championship was not postponed, but canceled, due to a lack of open dates on the schedule and the fact that it is unclear just how long it might be before golf resumes.

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