Golf's Australian Open cancelled for first time in 75 years; women's Open and PGA Championship also dropped
Australia has closed its international borders to most travellers as part of its effort to suppress the coronavirus pandemic, and even people moving between some of the country's different states and regions can be subject to a mandatory two-week quarantine.
Morikawa had four birdies, including two in his first four holes as he got off to a hot start. But it was his eagle at 16 that separated him from the tight pack at the top of the leaderboard.
Jason Day finished his bogey-free round of 5-under 65 with an approach to 6 feet for birdie on No. 9, the toughest hole on the course at 518 yards.
The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the PGA Championship to move from May to August also led to this being the first major championship without spectators.
In addition to his emotional British Open triumph, Lowry has collected three European Tour victories, and one other PGA Tour victory at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Adam Scott has plenty of familiarity with both the PGA Championship — this is his 20th — as well as the host Harding Park Golf Club.
Jordan Spieth has become an afterthought because he hasn't won since he captured the British Open three years ago.
Daly, the surprise winner in 1991 at Crooked Stick when he began the week as the ninth, cited health concerns to the PGA of America. Singh, a two-time PGA champion at Sahalee in 1998 and Whistling Straits in 2004, cited an injury.
Westwood, who has 25 European Tour wins and two PGA Tour victories, said he was not “comfortable” with the idea of travelling to the US as he is slightly asthmatic.
The decision means Tiger Woods, who is one win shy of a record-breaking 83 PGA Tour victories, will go into the year’s first major having played just one event since the PGA Tour returned in June.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Jeev Milkha Singh says lockdown and suspension of tournaments will be tough for young golfers
Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh said that the COVID-19 pandemic-forced lockdown and suspension of tournaments will be "tough" on the young players whose careers are still at a nascent stage.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Open Championship cancelled, Masters moves to November slot due to the pandemic
This is the first time since the second World War that golf’s original Open Championship, first played in 1860, has been cancelled.
The PGA Championship was originally planned for 14-17 May but the PGA of America announced on March 17 that the event had been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Shortly after the PGA Championship announcement, the PGA Tour said it was canceling an additional four tournaments on its schedule
Augusta National on Friday postponed the Masters, another massive hit to the spring sports calendar by the new coronavirus. The Masters had been scheduled for 9-12 April.
A statement from the PGA Tour said four fans were injured after two lightning strikes hit trees near the 16th tee at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, showering debris over nearby fans.
McIlroy, who won the US Open at a rain-softened Congressional in 2011, has finished in the top 10 in 10 of the 12 tournaments he has played in this year.
Sixth-ranked Woods, who snapped an 11-year major drought by winning last month's Masters, seeks his 16th major title at this week's 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
Masters 2019: Tiger Woods completes epic comeback from career-threatening injury and scandal to win 15th major title
Tiger Woods completed an epic comeback from career-threatening injury and scandal by winning the 83rd Masters on Sunday, capturing his 15th major title to end an 11-year major drought.
If Rory McIlroy goes ahead with his plan of not taking up the 2019 membership, it may leave the European Tour in a rather embarrassing situation.