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

The PGA of America has announced that the 2020 PGA Championship, which was scheduled to be held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 14-17, has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is hoped the men’s golf major will be held at the same course later in the summer.

“Throughout our evaluation process, we have been committed to following the guidance of public health authorities and given the coronavirus shelter-in-place order in effect in San Francisco, postponement is the best decision for all involved,” said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.

“This is a reflection of a thoughtful process,” Waugh added. “We are and have been working in concert with Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners and friends at the PGA Tour to find an alternative date that works for all. We are all very hopeful for a great outcome.”

Last week, Augusta National Golf Club made the decision to postpone The Masters tournament, as well as the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.

The PGA Tour initially shut down its tournaments until April 5, after originally deciding to keep on playing without spectators. It has now decided to expand the cancellation of its tournaments for another four weeks, extending through the AT&T Byron Nelson scheduled for May 7-10.

Also postponed are the RBC Heritage (April 13-19), Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 20-26) and Wells Fargo Championship (April 27-May 3). The additional cancellation applies to all competitions under the PGA Tour umbrella, including PGA Tour  Champions and Korn Ferry Tour.

Meanwhile, the United States Golf Association has cancelled its first two championships of the year – the US Amateur Four-Ball and US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball – and eliminated first-stage local qualifying for both the US Open and US Women’s Open.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on March 15 that events or gatherings involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks.