PGA Championship becomes second golf major to be postponed due to coronavirus

Sunday, 22 Mar, 2020

Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances.

More PGA Tour tournaments are expected to be canceled or postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic, which has now forced the cancellation of nine regular-season Tour events, beginning when the Players Championship was abandoned after just one round at TPC Sawgrass last week.

"This is a reflection of a thoughtful process", Waugh added.

This is obviously a very fluid situation that requires constant review, communication and transparency, and we - working closely with the PGA TOUR - are dedicated to all three aspects.

The US PGA Championship has been postponed and will be "rescheduled for later this summer", organisers have announced.

The Bay Area has been hit hard by The Big Cancel, so this announcement from the PGA is not surprising with May fast-approaching and with so many uncertainties facing the world at this time.

The PGA also cancelled four other events in April and May - the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson. The PGA and other golf tours have been joined by almost every major sports organization in the United States and many other countries in calling off events in the hopes of slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But PGA of America bosses announced this evening that they had made a decision to follow the lead of the Augusta National Golf Club - who postponed next month's Masters - and abandon plans to host the USPGA Championship in California, from May 14-17.

The coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 180,000 people and killed over 7,000 worldwide.

The PGA Tour initially shut down its tournaments until April 5, after originally deciding to keep on playing without spectators.

With the first two Majors postponed, the focus turns to the June 18-21 US Open at Winged Foot in NY and the July 16-19 British Open at Royal St George's in Kent, both of which are still on schedule for now.

Last week, as sporting events across the globe were dropping like flies, it was announced that the year's first golfing major at Augusta - which was due to be held from April 9 at the famous Georgia course - would be put on hold.