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No fans, now no players: PGA Tour shuts down for a month over coronavirus concerns

General view of the 17th hole during the

General view of the 17th hole during the first round of The Players Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Credit: Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The PGA Tour decided Thursday night to scrap the rest of The Players Championship and shut down its other tournaments for the next three weeks.

Commissioner Jay Monahan had said earlier Thursday there would be no fans at the TPC Sawgrass for the final three rounds, or at the next three tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule.

The tour changed its mind late Thursday.

"We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event through the weekend," the tour said in a statement. "But at this point — and as the situation continues to rapidly change — the right thing to do for our players and our fans is to pause."

There was no immediately word whether The Players Championship would be rescheduled.

The Players Championship is the premier tournament run by the PGA Tour, offering a $15 million purse, the richest in golf history. It was to be followed by the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area, the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

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