• PGA Tour, LPGA cancel Shanghai events

    Rory McIlroy at the WGC-HSBC Champions

    The PGA Tour and the LPGA have cancelled tournaments scheduled in Shanghai in October because of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in China.

    The LPGA’s Buick LPGA Shanghai was to be held from 13-16 October 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, scheduled for 27-30 October in Shanghai.

    It’s the third straight year that both events have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    American Danielle Kang won the most recent LPGA Shanghai title, in 2019.

    Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy beat American Xander Schauffele in a playoff in 2019 in the WGC tournament in Shanghai.

    “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,” PGA Tour senior vice-president, international, Christian Hardy 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.

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