Magical Kenya Open is canceled just 6 days before it was scheduled to start this week, adding to golf’s upheaval because of the disease’s outbreak
Canceled: By order of Kenya's government on Friday, the European Tour’s Magical Kenya Open, six days before the tournament was to have started, because of the African nation’s concern about coronavirus. It was the third European Tour event to fall victim to the disease, after the Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the Volvo China Open were scrapped because of caution. The move by the Kenyan government was part of a nationwide “decision to postponed all meetings and conferences in the country of an international nature,” the European Tour announced in a news release. The tournament had been scheduled for March 12-15 at Karen Country Club in Nairobi. The news adds to a growing list of golf events adversely affected by the outbreak. Among the cancellations or postponements: the LPGA’s three-tournament Asia Swing; the Asian Tour’s Royal’s Cup; and the PGA Tour’s developmental China Series. Also, the Japan LPGA tour banned spectators from an event. In light of the recent news, the PGA Tour issued a statement regarding updated protocols for this month’s WGC Match Play in Austin, Texas. The Texas capital canceled its annual South by Southwest film and music festival after Mayor Steve Adler issued a “local disaster” declaration because of coronavirus.
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