No fans, now no players: PGA Tour shuts down for a month

No fans, now no players: PGA Tour shuts down for a month

No fans, now no players: PGA Tour shuts down for a month

Earlier on Thursday, the PGA Tour announced that the final three rounds of the PLAYERS would be played without spectators.

The PLAYERS Tournament has also announced refund plans.

The PGA TOUR also announced fans can request a refund or exchange.

"We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event through the weekend", the tour said in a statement.

A fact that PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monohan was originally comfortable with.

"The PGA Tour is aware of rapidly changing developments regarding COVID-19", a tour statement Thursday said. There was no immediate word whether it would be rescheduled.

That policy was going to continue for the next three events - the Valspar Championship, World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and Valero Texas Open.

The next tournament on the PGA Tour schedule is the Masters, due to start April 9.

As of Friday morning, over 1,600 cases have been reported in the USA, with 40 deaths and 12 people recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

The PGA Tour has reversed course on its response to the coronavirus outbreak, and shut down tournaments through April 5 due to the global pandemic. The 162-game Major League Baseball season had been scheduled to start on March 26 with all 30 teams taking the field.

Rory McIlroy has urged every golfer in the world to get tested for coronavirus after the PGA Tour chose to suspend the sport for at least a month due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

As the NBA, NHL and other major U.S. sports events were called off on Thursday, Monahan joined the list. "If I'm wrong, I'll regret that the rest of my life", Whan said. "I'm looking forward to going back home and being with them and help out over there, so in the bigger picture just having a tournament here and that's it".

"For us, we are relying heavily, as other leagues and sports and entertainment venues are, relying heavily on the World Health Organization and the CDC", said Monahan. He posted a tweet - which he then deleted - saying he was the only one not playing, "same number as the hand sanitizers in the clubhouse, locker and dining".

"Our lifestyle is like a circus, travelling from one place to another".

"It's probably going to be odd for all of us (playing without spectators), but it's still golf, we'll just go out and play our best".

The PGA Tour initially planned to continue tournaments without fans in the galleries.

"We need to shut it down then", insisted the Holywood man at TPC Sawgrass.

"For us to keep playing on Tour, all players and people that are involved need to get tested", McIlroy noted, per BBC.com.

"More than anything else, everyone needs to get tested". Matsuyama made par on No. 8 before making an eagle on his 18th hole of the day, tying the course record. "Rory McIlroy, for one said, he was concerned about it because his mother has respiratory issues and he didn't want to be in a situation where he was giving it to her CT Pan, the Taiwanese golfer, pulled out of the tournament beforehand and certainly that was one voice considered as well", Pepper said.

"It's going to be very different".

The mood turned sour as word filtered through the galleries and the field that the PGA Tour had made a decision to take drastic steps in an attempt to curb the spread of the outbreak. For the first time, every shot by every player in every round was available through streaming.

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