Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19 AKA Coronavirus. And with approximately 21% of the schedule remaining — the NBA is on hiatus. Major League Soccer followed, the ATP did too, it appears the NHL will follow and the Big Ten, SEC and American conferences have cancelled conference basketball tournaments — this is a full-on crisis. All this while the first round of The Players goes off at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is set to kickoff.
The PGA Tour released this statement:
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/ThePlayers for more information.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan statement updated 12:30 p.m. ET
At this point in time, PGA TOUR events – across all Tours – will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans. This policy starts at THE PLAYERS Championship tomorrow (Friday) and continues through the Valero Texas Open. It’s important to note, that could change, but for the time being, this decision allows the PGA TOUR, our fans and constituents to plan, prepare and respond as events develop.
Further, the recently announced travel advisories and potential logistical issues associated with players and staff traveling internationally limit our ability to successfully stage the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Therefore, we are going to postpone that event and will provide details in the coming weeks on a reschedule as this situation develops.
We will continue THE PLAYERS with essential personnel only, and we will be in direct conversations with those groups (vendors, broadcasters, media, player support groups, essential volunteers) to provide instructions.
This is a difficult situation, one with consequences that impact our players, fans and the communities in which we play. As I said earlier this week, we’ve had a team in place that has been carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks. We’ve weighed all the options, and I appreciate the input and collaboration across the TOUR, our industry, our partners and our members that got us to this point. We’ll continue with that collaboration, and I want to thank our fans for supporting the PGA TOUR.