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Coronavirus leads to more schedule changes

The European Tour scraps its Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the Volvo China Open, but the Asian Tour vows to play its Maybank Championship in Malaysia as scheduled in three weeks

Scrapped: By the European Tour, two tournaments because of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The Maybank Championship and the Volvo China Open, which had been set for consecutive weeks in April, will not be played as scheduled, organizers announced. The tour said it hopes to play both tournaments at some point in 2020, though no new dates were announced. The Maybank Championship had been scheduled for April 16-19 at Saujana Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the Volvo China Open to have followed on April 23-26 at Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen. Meanwhile, the Asian Tour announced that its Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour, will proceed as scheduled March 5-8 at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam. The LPGA recently scrubbed its three-event Asia Swing, canceling tournaments in Thailand, Singapore and China because of concerns about coronavirus, which recently was given the name Corona Virus Disease 19, or COVID-19 for short. The PGA Tour typically plays a three-tournament Asia Swing in October with stops in Malaysia, South Korea and China. This year, however, the golf world also will be focused on Japan in late July and early August for the men’s and women’s Olympics. Since the outbreak of coronavirus late last year in Wuhan, China, nearly 1,800 have died and more than 71,000 cases have been reported. At least 15 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. There is no vaccine nor any known cure for the respiratory ailment.

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