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PGA Tour cancels The PLAYERS Championship due to coronavirus

Hideki Matsuyama was leading by two shots overnight, but he and the field will not finish golf’s “fifth major” at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Jason Day putts on the 18th green during the first round of the 2020 edition of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course.  Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA TOUR was the last holdout to Covid-19, but today the tour not only announced the cancellation of their “fifth major” The PLAYERS Championship, but also the next three events on the schedule. The next scheduled event after these four is the Masters Tournament April 9-12.

It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship.

We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events – across all of our Tours – in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open.

We have pledged from the start to be responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decision process. We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event throughout the weekend, and we were endeavoring to give our fans a much-needed respite from the current climate. But at this point – and as the situation continues to rapidly change – the right thing to do for our players and our fans is to pause.

We will be prepared to answer additional questions on Friday at 8 a.m.

The TOUR was the last major sports league or tour to not take measures regarding coronavirus. Hideki Matsuyama was leading after one round of play today at TPC Sawgrass with a score of -9 63, two shots clear of Harris English, Kim Si-woo, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout at -7.

The next three TOUR events were the Valspar Championship at Copperhead in Palm Harbor, Florida, the World Golf Championships event at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas, the Corales Golf Club event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for those not qualified for Austin, and the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.

You can read more on the cancellations due to Covid-19 across American sports here.