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PGA Tour Series-China cancels season over virus

Golf’s PGA Tour Series-China season has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic and related travel restrictions, officials informed Wednesday.

The professional golf tour, which was a launchpad for China’s top player Li Haotong, in January held the first of three qualifying tournaments.

But the pandemic struck and started to spread, eventually ending any hopes of getting the 2020 season off the ground, along with sport across the globe.

In May the Mackenzie Tour, the PGA Tour-backed developmental circuit in Canada, also cancelled its season.

Both feeder tours attract up-and-coming players from all over the world and provide a pathway to the Korn Ferry Tour, which is one tier below the main US PGA Tour.

“It’s a disappointment but I know our players and fans understand… that the health and safety of everyone associated with the series is of the utmost importance,” said Greg Carlson, executive director of the series.

“And staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.

“We will continue to evaluate what is happening with the coronavirus and hope the situation alleviates itself so we can again resume tournament golf in this part of the world in 2021,” Carlson added.

The PGA Tour Series-China’s 2019 season finale in Hong Kong was also cancelled last October, with officials on that occasion citing “safety concerns” because of a wave of pro-democracy protests roiling the city. The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Players who earned membership following the 2019 season will keep their PGA Tour Series-China status in 2021.

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