PGA Tour Suspends the 2019-20 Season for 10 Weeks
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Sports all across the globe have suffered from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not any different for the PGA Tour.
The world’s top golf tour initially suspended the 2019-20 season for six weeks.
The decision came during the Players Championship, PGA’s flagship event and the most important competition besides the four majors.
At first, the PGA planned to carry on without spectators.
Despite the organizer’s best efforts to carry through the weekend, the 2020 edition of the “fifth major” was eventually canceled after the first round of play.
The association soon followed the Players Championship cancelation with a six-week suspension.
After further assessing the situation, the PGA decided to extend the suspension by another four weeks.
For now, the world’s top players will sit out for ten weeks until further notice.
Canceled golf events:
- Valspar Championship
- Valero Texas Open
- RBC Heritage
- Zurich Classic of New Orleans
- Wells Fargo Championship
- AT&T Byron Nelson
- Dell Technologies Match Play, round 3 of the World Golf Championship
The PGA has not released a statement on the tour’s return to action.
It’s worth reinforcing that the association is still evaluating the situation, which could lead to further cancelations.
Some of the Tour’s top players have praised the decision.
World number 1 and reigning FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy is one of them.
Reigning US Open champion Gary Woodland followed suit, as did golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
The PGA Tour Champions, for senior players, also canceled four events – the Rapiscan System Classic, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, the Insperity Invitational, and the Mastercard Japan Championship.
Masters Tournament and PGA Championship Postponed
While eight events have been canceled, the PGA decided to postpone the first two masters of the season.
The Masters Tournament, previously scheduled for April 12, and the PGA Championship, on May 17, will be held at a later date.
Despite the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play’s cancelation, its alternate event, the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, was postponed.
The Masters will be played outside of March and April for the first time in its 76-year history.
The European Tour, one of the world’s premier golf competitions, has also decided to suspend its 2020 schedule.
When is the PGA Tour Returning to Action?
The PGA Tour is set to return in May.
Its first scheduled event post-break is the Charles Schwab Challenger in Texas, which is set for May 24.
There is no word on a new date for the first two masters of the season.
The 2019-20 season ends on August 30 with the Tour Championship.