Mastercard Japan Championship and PGA Professional Championship join growing list of tournament casualties in wake of coronavirus pandemic
The Champions Tour and the PGA of America canceled tournaments in the coming months, citing the widening coronavirus pandemic, officials said, as the list of tournament casualties grows. The Champions Tour, a 50-and-older circuit overseen by the PGA Tour, canceled the Mastercard Japan Championship, which was scheduled for June 12-14 in Narita, Japan, because of U.S. government advisories against international travel. The tour cited “potential logistical issues associated with players and staff traveling to and from Japan.” The tour does not plan to reschedule the event. The PGA of America postponed the PGA Professional Championship, its annual club-pro national event, which was scheduled for April 26-29 in Austin, Texas. The top 20 players from the tournament would have earned spots in the PGA Championship, which is scheduled for May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. If the PGA Championship is played as scheduled, the PGA will take the top 20 players from the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings. The PGA cited its decision to postpone the event because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent recommendation not to hold gatherings of 50 people of more. Monday afternoon, the CDC advisory was further restricted to gatherings of 10 or more.
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