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A look at the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the golfing calendar

2020-03-19 15:24
Tiger Woods, Masters
Tiger Woods at the Masters (AFP)

The coronavirus outbreak has decimated the sporting schedule and affected some of 2020's biggest events, and golf is no different.

The sport has been forced to take swift action to prevent the spread of the virus, with virtually all major tours and competitions getting suspended:

- The Masters at Augusta, generally regarded as the sport's most prestigious event, became the first golf major to be postponed, followed by the PGA Championship, which was postponed to a date later in the summer.

- The Players Championship was cancelled along with all PGA Tour events for the next three weeks. The PGA also cancelled four other events in April and May - the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson.

- Seven European Tour tournaments were postponed. The Kenya Open has been joined by April's Indian Open, Maybank Championship and China Open. The Andalucia Masters, from 30 April-3 May, was also postponed along with August's Czech Masters. The European Tour confirmed on Thursday the postponement of Made in Denmark and the cancellation of GolfSixes Cascais.

- The Ladies European Tour's Aramco Saudi Ladies International was postponed with a view to it being rescheduled later in the year.

- South Africa's Sunshine Tour suspended all activities and will review the situation on 20 April "or as the situation demands".

- The entire PGA EuroPro Tour schedule, due to run from May to October and covering 15 events in total, has been cancelled.

- The USGA cancelled first stage qualifying for the US Open and US Women's Open.

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