08 April 2020
In China, the source of the outbreak, a pair of qualifying tournaments that were scheduled in Bintan, Indonesia, and Phuket, Thailand, have been postponed amid concern about the growing number of cases internationally.
The PGA Tour Series-China has also postponed the first four tournaments of the previously released season schedule, while the two postponed qualifying tournaments will be held sometime in the latter part of April or early May, the regular season will now begin in the latter part of May or early June.
The postponed tournaments are the Sanya Championship (March 23-29); the Haikou Classic (March 30-April 5); the Chongqing Championship (April 6-12); and the Guangzhou Open (April 13-19). As of March 27, the worldwide death-toll from COVID19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) has exceeded 5,839.
“Thisis a major international health issue, and we will do everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of our players and everybody else associated with these two tournaments,” said Greg Carlson, PGA Tour Series-China Executive Director.
The disruption is also affecting the LPGA Tour, two tournaments have already been canceled. LPGA bosses decided to cancel the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand, which was scheduled to take place February 20-23 in Pattaya, Thailand, and the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship, which was scheduled to take place February 27- March 1 in Singapore.
Meanwhile, the Asian Tour and European Tour have postponed the Maybank Championship, due to take place at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 16-19, due to the virus outbreak. The European Tour has also postponed the Volvo China Open from April 23-26.
“The postponement of the Maybank Championship was not an easy decision to make, however, the safety of all stakeholders takes precedence, and we want to ensure that any risk of possible exposure to COVID-19 is mitigated. We will monitor the situation and work closely with the European and Asian Tours, as well as our other partners, as we plan for our return in the future," Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Group President & CEO of Maybank, said.
Another tournament to be postponed was The Hero Indian Open, which was scheduled to take place from March 19-22. The Hero Indian Open is a co-sanction event between the Asian Tour and European Tour. The Asian Tour also postponed the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2020, which was scheduled from March 25-28, due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
"In view of this global outbreak, a request has been made by the Bangladesh Golf Federation to postpone the event and we have also decided that it is in the best interest of all the players, staff and officials to postpone the event,” Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO of the Asian Tour, said in a press release.