For the second year in a row, the WGC-HSBC Champions has been canceled in China because of Covid.
For the second year in a row, the PGA Tour announced that the World Golf Championship in China will be canceled.
The WGC-HSBC Champions event in China has been canceled for the second year in a row owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the ZOZO Championship in Japan, which was set to take place the week prior, will still go place.
Due to persistent travel restrictions and safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus epidemic, the World Golf Championship, which was scheduled to take place in the last week of October, will once again be canceled.
The last time the Shanghai tournament was held was in late 2019, when Rory McIlroy won his third World Golf Championship after defeating Olympic champion Xander Schauffele in a play-off.
The cancellation of the 2021 event was confirmed by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monohan yesterday. “Following conversations with HSBC, we can confirm the cancellation of the 2021 WGC-HSBC Champions,” he said in a statement.
“While it is sad that we must do so, we must ensure that we follow the epidemic prevention regulations of various marketplaces, which may cause inconvenience to players and make tournament operations extremely difficult. As a result, we had to make the tough choice to cancel the event after much thought.”
Despite the event’s back-to-back cancellations, the Tour commissioner reassured any fears about its future, stating that the championship will return to the calendar when it is safe to do so.
“It’s terrible that we won’t be able to play in Shanghai,” he continued. From a pandemic aspect, I expect that we will be playing there as soon as it is appropriate, practical. In the shape of a WGC, we believe we have made a long-term commitment to that market.”
Despite the setback of the Shanghai event, Monohan is glad to reveal that the ZOZO Championship will take place the week before the WGC-HSBC.
“ZOZO has been a terrific partner, and we have been in frequent contact with the government and local authorities about the plans to effectively execute this event this fall,” the commissioner said of the Tour’s continued collaboration with ZOZO.
“The successful and safe golf tournaments in the Tokyo Olympic Games gave us some hope for the future.”
The Bermuda Championship, which was set to take place following the postponement of the WGC-HSBC Champions, has been confirmed.