Coronavirus: US PGA Championship postponed, PGA Tour off until at least May

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Organisers say they're hopeful that the US PGA Championship can be rescheduled this summer, following the decision to postpone it due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What was supposed to be the year's second major - at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco - was bumped up to first billing when it was announced the Masters would be delayed.

" This is a reflection of a thoughtful procedure".

"Although the American Family Insurance Championship remains two and a half months away, we will continue to monitor this extremely fluid situation and work closely with the PGA Tour and other partners to consider our options in the coming weeks".

The PGA of America has already postponed the PGA Championship, which was scheduled for May 11-14 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. San Francisco was among six Bay Area counties that were issued an order Monday for residents to stay inside and to venture outside only for necessities for the next three weeks.

"The potential logistical issues associated with players and staff traveling to and from Japan limit our ability to successful stage the 2020 event", said Miller Brady, president of the 50-and-older circuit.

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The coronavirus has actually eliminated more than 7,900 individuals worldwide, with 102 deaths in the United States. "This year's tournament will represent the 29th straight year that our community has successfully hosted a PGA TOUR Champions tournament".

The PGA Tour also announced that it is canceling four more tournaments on its schedule.

All of this essentially means that the earliest the PGA Tour will return to action will be at the Charles Schwab Challenge (May 21-24).

Previously, the PGA Tour had only canceled 2020 events up until the Masters. In addition, the Augusta National Golf Club, which runs the Masters (9 April 9 to 12 April), has also been postponed.

With the first two Majors postponed, the focus turns to the June 18-21 US Open at Winged Foot in NY and the July 16-19 British Open at Royal St George's in Kent, both of which are still on schedule for now. Your patience as we make every effort to communicate effectively and efficiently is appreciated, and we will share any additional information as soon as it becomes available.

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