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PGA Tour, PGA of America respond to outbreak

Both organizations issue statements saying they are ‘monitoring’ the effects of coronavirus and working with health officials

The recent coronavirus outbreak has got the attention of the golf industry worldwide, including two of the game’s elite organizations. The PGA Tour and the PGA of America issued statements Monday assuring golfers and others associated with the organizations that officials are monitoring developments. So far, the PGA Tour has made adjustments only on its developmental China Series by delaying the start of the season. The LPGA recently scrapped its three-tournament Asia Swing, and officials with the Tokyo Olympics also are watching closely. The PGA Tour said it “has been closely monitoring all available information related to the continued spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. We conduct more than 175 tournaments across our six Tours, and the health and safety of our players, employees, fans, partners, volunteers and everyone associated with the PGA TOUR continues to be our No. 1 priority. After reviewing the relevant positions from the Centers of Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there are no planned schedule changes beyond what has already been decided with PGA TOUR Series-China (a delay to the start of the season). However, we are establishing additional protocols to promote the health and safety of all participants and fans at our tournaments, and we will regularly review our schedule in light of revised CDC and WHO reports and make any updates as necessary.” The PGA of America said, “We are carefully monitoring the situation as it relates to the 2020 PGA Championship in San Francisco. We will follow the guidance of public health authorities and take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved.” Coronavirus has killed more than 3,000 worldwide, including six in the U.S., and the disease has infected 90,000-plus. The respiratory ailment, with symptoms that mirror those of the flu, has no known cure nor an approved vaccine.

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