The American Professional Golf Association (PGAA) postponed the major PGA Championship, while the PGA Tour stopped playing until mid-May.
PGA Championship belongs to the traditional annual quartet, in addition to Masters, US Open and The Open Championship. According to initial plans, this year’s tournament is expected to take place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 14 to May 17, with Brooks Koepka as the current champion.
Last weekend, Augusta National indefinitely postponed Masters by nCoV. Recently they also announced the closure of the yard this weekend for the same reason.
On March 16, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) proposed stopping events gathering more than 50 people for eight weeks. On the same day, the San Francisco government declared a “proactive home detention” status, advising residents to limit leaving home except for urgent needs. This city has about seven million inhabitants.
The escalating Covid-19 in the US also continues to cause further damage to the schedule of the PGA Tour. On the same day with the announcement of the postponement of the PGA Championship, the PGA Tour decided to postpone four more events, including the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic, the Wells Fargo Championship and the Byron Nelson Championship.
This series of events takes place in consecutive weeks after The Masters (April 9 to April 12). The PGA Tour, therefore, remained unmoved until mid-May. The same situation applies to the remaining five affiliated arenas. Last week, the plague caused the PGA Tour to close the main event of The Players Championship right after the opening round and then a series of four tournaments in three consecutive weeks from now to the beginning of April.
According to internal sources, the world’s most powerful golf organizations and organizations have had a private discussion in the past two days about the plan to save the 2020 season and the major before the complicated development of nCoV.
The week from August 3 is being planned for the PGA Championship. By then, Covid-19 is likely to be under control, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic men’s golf course content has been completed, leaving only women’s content. In addition, because the Winged Foot yard in Westchester County, New York is a hot spot for nCoV, golf leaders are also considering a contingency plan for the US Open. It is bringing this event to Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania, or Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.