PONTE VEDRA BEACH – Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour issued a statement late in the day Thursday, hours after completion of the first round of the prestigious Players Championship:
It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship.
We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events – across all of our Tours – in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open.
We have pledged from the start to be responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decision process. We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event throughout the weekend, and we were endeavoring to give our fans a much-needed respite from the current climate. 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.
The decision was met with pretty much, if not 100%, unanimous support from the tour players who noted the uncertainty of the situation and the important goal of staying safe and being with their families.