The Players Championship is scheduled to be played behind closed doors for the rest of the tournament. The main event of the PGA Tour started today and will now be played without spectators on days two, three and four. The Valspar championship in Palm Harbor will follow suit.
However, no decision was made in the first major championship of the year, the Masters.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: "At this point, PGA Tour events will continue as scheduled, but without fans."
The PGA Tour confirmed that it was monitoring the situation and announced before the opening round that they would be in discussions with local health administrations.
“PGA TOUR is aware of the rapid changes in the development of COVID-19. With the information currently available, THE PLAYERS Championship will continue as planned, although we will continue to absolutely review the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local health administrations, ”the statement said.
“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 until 12:00. ET on Thursday.
"In the meantime, players on the field have been notified to be prepared to play the first round as scheduled."
The Masters is scheduled for Thursday, April 9th - until Sunday, 12. However, with sports calendars from other sports being launched in crisis, it is difficult to predict what will happen next.
At the moment, it is likely that the Masters will remain fanless, as it does not depend on tickets to make a profit, but if things get even bigger in the US, that could change.
U.S. President Donald Trump has banned people flying to the European country – except the UK and Ireland for now – amid fears that the pandemic will spread further.
And Monahan admits that he spoke to the president before making the decision to continue.
He said: "Allow me to make my observations by stressing that the health and safety of our players, employees, partners, volunteers, fans and everyone associated with PGA TOUR is our top priority.
"I spoke with President Trump this morning and I also spoke with Governor Ron DeSantis a few hours ago. Our team is in constant communication with local health officials in each market in which our tournaments are played, and we are monitoring and monitoring information from health services provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, in addition to the travel notices provided by the US Department of State, both the White House and the governor's office supported and adopted the precautionary measures we have adopted for this.
"It goes without saying that this is an incredibly fluid and dynamic situation. We are and are committed to being responsible, considerate and transparent in our decision-making process.
"With that as a pretext, at this time, PGA TOUR events – on all Tours – will continue as planned, but will do so without fans. This policy starts at THE PLAYERS Championship tomorrow (Friday) and continues at Valero Texas É It is important to note that this may change, but for now, this decision allows PGA TOUR, our fans and members of the group to plan, prepare and respond as the events unfold.
"In addition, the recently announced travel notices and possible logistical problems associated with players and staff traveling internationally limit our ability to successfully host the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Therefore, we will postpone this event and provide details in the coming weeks. " rescheduled as this situation develops.
"We will continue THE PLAYERS with only essential personnel and will have direct conversations with these groups (suppliers, broadcasters, media, player support groups, essential volunteers) to provide instructions.
"This is a difficult situation, with consequences that impact our players, fans and the communities in which we play. As I said earlier this week, we had a team that carefully monitored and assessed the situation and yours for several weeks, we evaluated all options and I thank you for your contribution and collaboration throughout TOUR, our industry, our partners and members that led us to this point. We will continue with this collaboration and I want to thank the fans for supporting the PGA TOUR ".
In tennis, ATP announced a six-week suspension, while the NBA was delayed and the start of the F1 season in Australia was canceled.
The Premier League remains programmed to advance, although they can play games behind closed doors.
Leicester City confirmed today that three players were in quarantine after complaining about the symptoms.