Friday, March 13

Goodbye Golf: PGA TOUR Statement on Canceling PLAYERS and Other Tournaments

FOR A BRIEF MOMENT, I THOUGHT maybe there will be professional golf to watch. This thought flashed after seemingly every other sport cancelled or postponed games and seasons. It began with the NBA on Wednesday.

This golf thought was short-lived, though.

Yesterday the PGA TOUR slammed the trunk on its flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship, and more. Here's the Tour's statement:
It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship.
We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events – across all of our Tours – in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open. 
We have pledged from the start to be responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decision process. We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event throughout the weekend, and we were endeavoring to give our fans a much-needed respite from the current climate.  But at this point – and as the situation continues to rapidly change – the right thing to do for our players and our fans is to pause.
The Masters isn't cancelled ... yet. It's postponed.

Today, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said: "As we step back and we think about when we're going to play, we need to do all the things that led us to this decision. We need to continue to understand what's happening on the ground in the markets where we would be returning to play, continue to work with our partners in those markets, continue to understand what's happening with the CDC and the World Health Organization, and then ultimately that will guide our decision.

"We're going to make sure that we protect the safety and well-being of all of our constituents as we make that decision."

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