The PGA Tour took additional action Tuesday in response to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus and extended the hiatus of tournaments on its six sanctioned tours through May 17 – just 18 days shy of the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison.
Officials of the PGA Tour Champions event responded swiftly to the PGA Tour announcement, releasing their own statement saying that they continue to monitor information related to the situation and will "work closely with the PGA Tour and other partners to consider our options in the coming weeks."
Tournament activities are set to begin May 30 leading up to the 54-hole tournament, scheduled to take place June 5-7 at University Ridge.
"The American Family Insurance Championship is extremely mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic and supports today’s decision by the PGA Tour to suspend tour-sanctioned events through May (17)," the release stated. "The health and safety of players, spectators, volunteers and public is paramount. ... At the same time, we will continue the planning associated with holding the championship week of events on its scheduled date of May 30-June 7."
The PGA Tour action taken Tuesday adds four PGA Tour events to the four that were canceled last week beginning with the final three rounds of The Players Championship. The PGA Championship joins The Masters Tournament and the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, originally an opposite-field tournament to a canceled World Golf Championship event, among those hoping to find a new date later in the year.
Three PGA Tour Champions events were canceled, including the previously announced Mastercard Championship in Japan scheduled the week after the AmFam Championship. The Rapiscan Systems Classic (March 27-29) and the Regions Tradition (May 7-10) were postponed, the latter – one of five major championships on the senior circuit – to Sept. 24-27 opposite the scheduled dates of the Ryder Cup being captained by Madison resident and PGA Tour Champions golfer Steve Stricker at Whistling Straits in Haven.
Six events were canceled and two others postponed on the Korn Ferry Tour, the top developmental circuit for the PGA Tour. Mequon's Jordan Niebrugge and Beaver Dam's Dan Woltman have exempt status on that tour in 2020.
Four qualifying tournaments were postponed on the Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour Canada, which is not scheduled to hold its first official event until May 28. Pewaukee's John Langhoff and former Marquette golfer Oliver Farrell recently earned conditional status on the PGA Tour's secondary developmental tour.
Here is a complete list of the schedule changes for the PGA Tour-sanctioned tours: