Coronavirus Shuts Down Professional Golf

Don’t Grip’em, Don’t Rip’em

The world of professional and amateur sports has been shut down as everything has been put on hold according to SBR with a few exceptions still taking place, for example, the NFL Draft is still happening where we all expect Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert taking the first pick. The world of professional golf is no different and below we provide a list of the major tournaments being affected:

PGA Tour

Players Championship (March 12-15) – Canceled

Valspar Championship (March 19-22) – Canceled

WGC-Dell Match Play (March 25-29) – Canceled

Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship (March 26-29) – Canceled

Valero Texas Open (April 2-5) – Canceled

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

Masters (April 9-12) – Postponed

PGA Championship (May 14-17) – Postponed

 

As you can see, the Masters has yet to be canceled despite the fact it is only weeks away while four other PGA events, scheduled to take place after the granddaddy of all the majors, have been taken off of the slate entirely. Obviously, the RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic, Wells Fargo Championship, and AT&T Byron Nelson all pale in comparison to the Masters but it was virtually impossible to envision the greatest golfers on the planet convening at the lush, plush of Augusta National in the second week of April amidst the current global pandemic.

And because of that, rumors persist that the event will be held in October due to a surge in hotel prices in and around the Augusta, Georgia venue. However, at this point, we only know they won’t be awarding the coveted Masters Green Jacket in April and as of this writing, the dates are still in question. Likewise, another major, the PGA Championship, scheduled for TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, has been postponed as well but it is rumored it will take place at some point this summer.

PGA of America CEO, Seth Waugh, commented about the PGA Tour thusly, “Throughout our evaluation process, we have been committed to following the guidance of public health authorities and given the coronavirus shelter-in-place order in effect in San Francisco, postponement is the best decision for all involved. This is a reflection of a thoughtful process. We are and have been working in concert with Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners and friends at the PGA TOUR to find an alternative date that works for all. We are all very hopeful for a great outcome.”

 

LPGA TOUR

Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb. 20-23) – Canceled

HSBC Women’s World Championship (Feb. 27 – March 1) – Canceled

Blue Bay LPGA (March 5–8) – Canceled

Volvik Founders Cup (March 19-22) – Postponed

Kia Classic (March 26-29) – Postponed

ANA Inspiration (April 2-5; rescheduled for Sept. 10-13) – Postponed

Lotte Championship (April 15-18) – Postponed

Hugel-Air Premia LA Open (April 23-26) – Postponed

LPGA Mediheal Championship (April 30-May 3) – Postponed

 

European Tour

GolfSixes Cascais (May 9-10) – Canceled

D+D Real Czech Masters (Aug. 12-15) Czech Masters (Aug. 20-23) – Canceled

Magical Kenya Open (March 12-15) – Postponed

Hero Indian Open (March 19-22) – Postponed

Maybank Championship (April 16-19) – Postponed

Volvo China Open (April 23-26) – Postponed

Andalucia Masters (April 30-May 3) – Postponed

Made in Denmark (May 21-24) – Postponed

 

Tiger Speaks

The last time we saw the legendary Tiger Woods roam the fairways occurred at the Genesis Invitational where he successfully made the cut but shot a disappointing 11 over par for the tournament and placed 68th in the field. Since that time, Woods has been absent from many of the high-profile tournaments like the WGC-Mexico Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational as well as the abbreviated Players Championship.

In other words, Woods was quarantining before it became hip to quarantine. But resting a bad back could also have played a significant role in his absence but when asked about the impact the coronavirus has made in his world, Woods responded on his Twitter account, “There are a lot more important things in life than a golf tournament right now. We need to be safe, smart and do what is best for ourselves, our loved ones and our community.”

We will see just how long this pandemic lasts before we all return to our familiar routines, but in the meantime, make sure to check out Sportsbook Review for all the latest, breaking news in the world of golf and professional sports.

 

 

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