The PGA Tour on Tuesday announced the cancellation of four more events and the postponement of the PGA Championship, making it the second major pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The events canceled Tuesday are:
–RBC Heritage (April 16-19)
–Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 23-26)
–Wells Fargo Championship (April 30-May 3)
–AT&T Byron Nelson (May 7-10)
The $11 million PGA Championship was scheduled to be held May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, but was postponed by the PGA of America. It will now be played at a date to be announced later.
“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,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. “We will provide further updates when those plans come into focus.”
On Friday, Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia announced the postponement of the Masters.
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people gather in crowds of 50 people or less for the next eight weeks, which advances the calendar to May 10. A day later, six counties in the Bay Area took it a step further with their mandate.
A public course, Harding Park was chosen in 2014 to host the 2020 PGA Championship. It has hosted other significant events, including the 2009 Presidents Cup, three Charles Schwab Cup championships and the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play.
Brooks Koepka is the two-time defending champion. He won at Bethpage Black in New York in 2019 and at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri in 2018.
The PGA Tour also announced that the U.S. Open, scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York, remains on schedule but that the USGA and PGA Tour will “continue to monitor the developing situation and follow recommendations by government authorities.”
Shortly after the announcement, the United States Ryder Cup team tweeted that the event scheduled for September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin also remains on schedule.
“Reports today that the 2020 Ryder Cup is expected to be postponed are inaccurate,” the organization tweeted late Tuesday afternoon.
A list of all PGA Tour events impacted by the coronavirus:
** THE PLAYERS Championship (March 12-15) — Canceled
** Valspar Championship (March 19-22) — Canceled
** WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (March 26-29) — Canceled
** Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (March 26-29) — Postponed
** Valero Texas Open (April 2-5) — Canceled
** Masters Tournament (April 9-12) — Postponed
** RBC Heritage (April 16-19) — Canceled
** Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 23-26) — Canceled
** Wells Fargo Championship (April 30-May 3) — Canceled
** AT&T Byron Nelson (May 7-10) — Canceled
** PGA Championship (May 14-17) — Postponed
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