PGA Tour cancels The Players Championship, stops play for three weeks amid coronavirus worries

The PGA Tour has canceled The Players Championship and all events through the Texas Open in early April because of coronavirus fears.

The Players Championship, Valspar Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship and Texas Open have been canceled, the organisation said in a statement.

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The decision comes after the organization announced earlier on Thursday that it planned to play those tournaments behind closed doors.

“We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event throughout the weekend, and we were endeavoring to give our fans a much-needed respite from the current climate,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. “But at this point — and as the situation continues to rapidly change — the right thing to do for our players and our fans is to pause.”

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

There have been more than 134,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide, with 4,973 deaths. The United States has had 1,725 cases and 41 deaths.

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