PGA Tour calls off Players to start 'pause'

17 Mars, 2020, 00:54 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Lucas Glover rips PGA Tour's coronavirus response other players react at The Players Championship

The first domino fell at about 10 p.m. Thursday when PGA Tour announced it was canceling the final three rounds of The Players Championship and the next three tournaments over concern about the spread of coronavirus.

Four other upcoming tournaments were also impacted by the decision.

"I think there's bigger problems in the world right now than whether we play the Masters or not, " Jon Rahm said.

The initial plan was for spectators to be banned in the last three rounds.

"A lot of uncertainly, trying to figure out what they do with their family, how they get home, how they get their families here", Monahan said, adding, "There were some players that were concerned". We'll have no sporting activity for some time now, however simply consider the delight when this is around.

Monahan had sought to emphasize differences between golf and other US-based sports - for example, the National Basketball Association, which has suspended competition completely.

Commissioner Jay Monahan said the organisation realised action had to be taken amid the coronavirus pandemic when two Florida theme parks, Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort, closed.

"Considering the approach of other sports in the U.S., I'm surprised how little the PGA Tour is doing", the former world No 1 said. But at this point - and as the situation continues to evolve rapidly - the right thing for our players and fans is to take a break.

Regarding the chronology of the decision-making, Monahan said: "What has transpired has transpired in a matter of 24 hours".

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The LPGA Tour's choice to put on hold the following couple of weeks, consisting of the opening up significant of the year, possibly required his hand with various other excursions now having actually made comparable choices in current days. And now it's on to, how do we address and help the communities that we vacated?

" We are great and our households are great".

The tour also announced it was cancelling the Valspar Championship, the WGC Match-Play and the Texas Open in San Antonio in coming weeks. The next tournament on the PGA Tour's calendar is its signature event The Masters, which starts April 9. Given how fluid things are unfolding, the TOUR will continue to monitor the situation, work with necessary health and local officials, and adjust if necessary.

"Our team is in constant communication with local health authorities in each market where our tournaments are played, and we track and monitor health information provided by the CDC and the World Health Organization in addition to travel advice provided by the USA state". No, said Monahan, who noted that the PGA TOUR has a business unit specifically focusing on the issue.

"More than anything, everyone needs to get tested", said Rory McIlroy, a top golfer. "But right now, that's certainly not the case". "Golf is not that big of a deal when you look around at what's going on in the world". That means all 144 players in the field who started will receive just over $52,000 in prize money that is considered unofficial.

But by Thursday evening, the PGA Tour opted to follow almost every other major pro and college sports organization amid the spread of coronavirus.

Because the Players Championship began and the first round was played, tour regulations stipulate that half of the $15 million purse be paid out.

For instance, Hideki Matsuyama will not be credited with a course-record tying 63.

"Golf is the greatest game on the planet", Monahan said. He said they were supportive of the precautionary measures taken.

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