The WGC-HSBC Champions, to be held in Shanghai from October 27-30, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in China, the PGA Tour announced on Wednesday.
The tour said the decision was made together with the China Golf Association. It is the third consecutive season that the WGC-HSBC Champions have been canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Rory McIlroy was the last winner of the event in 2019.
“We have been working 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,” said PGA Tour senior vice president. internationally, Christian Hardy said in a statement. “We are grateful for HSBC’s partnership during these difficult times as we continue to navigate the changing COVID-19 climate.”
Established in 2005, the WGC-HSBC Champions is one of four tournaments in the annual World Golf Championships (WGC). It has a budget of US$10.5 million and ranks as Asia’s largest company.
The Butterfield Bermuda Championship, scheduled for the same week, will now be held as a standalone event with full FedEx Cup points and a $6.5 million increase in prize money.
Last month, the PGA Tour announced that the CJ Cup would be relocated to Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina. The tournament, scheduled for October 20-23, will be renamed the CJ Cup in South Carolina.
The first three editions of the CJ Cup were held at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea. The event has been moved to Las Vegas for the past two years due to COVID-19. It was played at Shadow Creek in 2020 and Summit Club in 2021.
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34200364/wgc-hsbc-champions-canceled-due-covid-19-restrictions-china WGC-HSBC Champions canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in China