The Coronavirus is here and it’s having an impact on sporting events. On Wednesday evening, the NBA announced that it was suspending the season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.
However, the PGA Tour had yet to make any announcement on the eve of The Players Championship.
They decided, at 12:15 a.m., to finally make an announcement.
The PGA TOUR is aware of rapidly changing developments regarding COVID-19. With the information currently available, THE PLAYERS Championship will continue as scheduled, although we will absolutely continue to review recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and local health administrations. This is obviously a very fluid situation that requires constant review, communication and transparency, and we are dedicated to all three aspects. The PGA TOUR will provide an additional update by 12 p.m. ET on Thursday.
In the meantime, players in the field have been notified to be prepared to play round 1, as scheduled.
Fans who no longer wish to attend THE PLAYERS Championship may request a refund or exchange; details on how to do so will be announced shortly. Please visit PGATOUR.COM/THEPLAYERSfor more information.
And now, we learn that the Tour will join the NBA, NCAA, and NHL in playing the event without spectators starting on Friday.
Tour update at noon: Sources say no fans for the rest of the week at The Players, next week at Valspar and mostly likely weeks beyond.
— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) March 12, 2020
We will keep you updated on what Jay Monahan has to say about how the Tour will handle events moving forward.
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