China Moves PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to Indonesia Due to Coronavirus

Laguna Golf Bintan new venue due to Coronavirus
Laguna Golf Bintan Indonesia (Supplied)

In response to the coronavirus that has developed in Mainland China, PGA TOUR Series-China has announced that it is moving its Global Qualifying Tournament from Haikou, China, to Lagoi, Indonesia.

Laguna Golf Bintan is the new host of the Qualifying Tournament set for February 25-28 that will help determine membership for the 2020 PGA TOUR Series-China season.

The Tour notified all players who were originally in the Haikou Qualifying Tournament field of the change earlier Tuesday.

“We felt this change was the best course of action considering what’s happening in China right now,” said Greg Carlson, PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director.

“Our existing relationship with the golf course and its staff made this a relatively seamless change.

“It is a very good golf course, and we very much appreciate Laguna Golf Bintan and its leadership accommodating us and helping this come together so quickly.”

The decision follows the LPGA decision last week to cancel an event in March due to the Coronavirus

Tour officials, both those in China and at PGA TOUR headquarters in Florida, continue to assess the coronavirus situation and its potential impact on PGA TOUR Series-China, which earlier announced it would start its 2020 season with the Sanya Championship in Sanya, China, on March 26-29.

“The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans and all who are associated with PGA TOUR Series-China tournaments is of the utmost importance to us.

“We will continue to monitor what’s happening in China and how it might affect the start of our regular season.”

PGA TOUR Series-Qualifying Tournaments are 72-hole events that allow top performers to earn exempt and conditional membership for that season.

World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman originally designed Laguna Golf Bintan, which underwent a renovation in 2016.

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