PGA Tour not altering schedule amid coronavirus concerns

The PGA Tour announced Monday that it does not plan to alter its upcoming schedule in respect to the fears of the widespread coronavirus.

"The PGA TOUR has been closely monitoring all available information related to the continued spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19," it said in a statement. "We conduct more than 175 tournaments across our six Tours, and the health and safety of our players, employees, fans, partners, volunteers and everyone associated with the PGA TOUR continues to be our No. 1 priority.

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"After reviewing the relevant positions from the Centers of Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there are no planned schedule changes beyond what has already been decided with PGA TOUR Series-China (a delay to the start of the season). However, we are establishing additional protocols to promote the health and safety of all participants and fans at our tournaments, and we will regularly review our schedule in light of revised CDC and WHO reports and make any updates as necessary."

The PGA Tour Series-China circuit postponed qualifying tournaments last month and delayed the start of its season due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Also last month, the LPGA announced that it had canceled three tour events this year because of health concerns and recent advisories related to the coronavirus in some Asian countries.

CNN reported Monday morning that the death toll from the coronavirus has reached over 3,000 people, with the numbers of confirmed cases worldwide at over 88,000.

--Field Level Media