Coronavirus: PGA Tour cancels WGC-HSBC Champions event in China over Covid-19 rules, LPGA ditches Shanghai stop
- Buick LPGA Shanghai was to be held between October 13 and 16 at Qizhong Garden Golf Club
- It is the third year running that both tours have axed tournaments on the mainland because of the coronavirus pandemic
The PGA Tour and the LPGA are cancelling tournaments scheduled in Shanghai in October because of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in China.
It’s the third year running that both tours have axed tournaments on the mainland because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Buick LPGA Shanghai was to be held between October 13 and 16 at Qizhong Garden Golf Club and the women’s circuit said in a statement it hoped to “compete in front of our fans at Qizhong Garden Golf Club in the future”.
The PGA Tour announced the cancellation of the WGC-HSBC Champions, which was scheduled for October 27 to 30 in Shanghai.
American Danielle Kang won the most recent LPGA Shanghai title, in 2019, while Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy beat American Xander Schauffele in a playoff that same year in the WGC tournament.
“We have worked with all tours, as well as the China Golf Association, on the viability of hosting the WGC-HSBC Champions this fall, but unfortunately the logistical implications forced the difficult decision to cancel the event,” Christian Hardy, the PGA Tour’s senior vice-president, international, said in a statement.
The cancellations came after coronavirus clusters in Chinese cities including Shanghai prompted authorities there to order strict lockdowns affecting tens of millions of people.