On October 1, Beijing time, the 2020 Hong Kong Open will be postponed to next year. The organizers said Wednesday that the main cause is the new crown epidemic.
The event is jointly hosted by the European Tour and the Asian Tour. It was originally planned to be held at the Fanling Hong Kong Golf Club at the end of November (November 26-29).
"As with all events, the safety and well-being of players, spectators and event staff is our top priority," the organizers said in a statement.
"Considering that the restrictions on the new crown epidemic will continue to take effect, the organizers of the 2020 Hong Kong Open have decided to postpone the event to the new year and are reviewing suitable options for hosting the event."
They added that the next announcement will be made at an appropriate time. Although no new date has been announced, they will continue to promote Hong Kong's longest-lasting professional sports event.
The 61st Hong Kong Open last year has been postponed for some reason. Australia Wade Ormsby (Wade Ormsby) won the competition held in January this year.
Due to the new crown epidemic, it is difficult to hold golf tournaments in Asia that involve multiple countries and need to cross borders.
The Asian Tour has been suspended since the end of the Malaysian Open on March 7. Like the countries hardest hit by the epidemic, such as India, where players can't even practice.
LPGA canceled all 7 Asian events, including two games in China: Blue Bay Masters and Buick LPGA Championship.
The Men's PGA Tour will relocate the "Asian Swing Tournament" with a total prize money of nearly US$30 million next month from South Korea and Japan to the United States.
The ZOZO Championship with a total prize money of 9.75 million USD was held in Chiba near Tokyo for the first time last year. It has moved to Thousand Oaks, California, and the prize money has dropped to USD 8 million. South Korea’s CJ Cup has a total prize of 9.75 million U.S. dollars, which has been transferred from Nine Bridges to Las Vegas Chuoying Creek. The size of the prize has not changed. Both of the above events will be held next month. The good news is that the lineup is not strong. Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas will both defend their titles.
It is a pity that the World Championships-HSBC Championship with a total prize money of 10.25 million US dollars had to be cancelled. This is the first time that the event has been suspended since it was first held in 2005.
Only 4 races have been completed in the 2020 Asian Tour. However, China, Japan, and South Korea have all organized professional tournaments in the country and are gradually recovering.