US PGA Championship Called Off Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: The US PGA Championship, scheduled for Might 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco, has been postponed, the second 2020 main golf championship to be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. The PGA of America stated Tuesday they hoped to reschedule.
US PGA Championship Called Off Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The occasion at Harding Park later within the yr. The information got here after Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership introduced that the Masters wouldn’t be held April 9-12. The choice by the PGA of America to postpone the PGA Championship comes as hundreds of thousands of San Francisco residents have been ordered to remain house in a bid to sluggish the unfold of the lethal coronavirus.
Six counties within the San Francisco Bay Space and town of Berkeley had been a part of a lockdown effort after knowledge confirmed 258 confirmed instances of COVID-19 with 4 deaths as of Monday.
“All through our analysis course of, now we have been dedicated to following the steering of public well being authorities and given the coronavirus shelter-in-place order in impact in San Francisco, postponement is the perfect choice for all concerned,” stated PGA of America chief govt Seth Waugh.
“This can be a reflection of a considerate course of,” Waugh added. “We’re and have been working in live performance with Commissioner Jay Monahan and our companions and buddies on the PGA Tour to seek out another date that works for all. We’re all very looking forward to an awesome consequence.
“We’re additionally in dialogue with Mayor (London) Breed and her group on the Metropolis of San Francisco and look ahead to hopefully bringing the 2020 PGA Championship to TPC Harding Park at a date this summer time when it’s as soon as once more protected and accountable to take action.
The postponement means a delay for Brooks Koepka’s bid for a title three-peat. The American lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2018 and once more final yr.
Just one man has received three consecutive PGAs, when Walter Hagen captured 4 straight in a match-play format from 1924-27.
Shortly after the PGA Championship was postponed, the US PGA Tour introduced it was extending its personal event moratorium.
The US tour had introduced on March 12 it was cancelling or suspending 4 weeks’ price of occasions on all six of its excursions by April 5 — the final Sunday earlier than the Masters.
Now it is going to be on hiatus at the very least as much as the Might 10.
“With the newest suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management, the World Well being Group and the Workplace of the President of the USA, the PGA Tour will now cancel 4 extra occasions: RBC Heritage (April 13-19); Zurich Traditional of New Orleans (April 20-26); Wells Fargo Championship (April 27-Might 3); and AT&T Byron Nelson (Might 4-10),” the tour stated.
The US Golf Affiliation on Tuesday introduced cancellation of its first two beginner championships of 2020, the US Girls‘s Beginner 4-Ball and the US Beginner 4-Ball.
As well as, the USGA has cancelled the primary stage of qualifying for the US Open and qualifying for the US Girls‘s Open.
Each of these main championships stay scheduled for June. The US Girls‘s Open is about to be held at Champions Golf Membership in Houston June 4-7 and the US Open, the third males‘s main on the calendar, is about for June 18-21 at Winged Foot.
The US PGA Tour stated it will work with its personal event organizers in addition to different governing our bodies to type out a schedule for 2020 as soon as play resumes.
As we obtain extra readability within the coming weeks, the tour will probably be working with our event organizations and title sponsors, in collaboration with golf’s governing our bodies, to construct a PGA tour schedule for 2020 that ensures the well being and security for all related to our sport and a significant conclusion to the season,” the PGA Tour stated.