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PGA Tour response at The Players Championship criticized

American professional sports leagues like the NBA, NHL and MLS have suspended their seasons. College basketball conference tournaments are being canceled by the hour.

The coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc on the sporting world, but the PGA Tour has stood its ground for now, keeping its schedule intact. On Thursday morning at the Players Championship, the first day of the Tour’s flagship event, commissioner Jay Monahan announced that starting Friday (March 13), fans will not be allowed at Tour events through the Valero Texas Open, which starts April 2.

That’s not good enough for some players, especially veteran Lucas Glover. The three-time winner on Tour took to Twitter early on Thursday morning to voice his displeasure with the Tour’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

A few hours later, Zac Blair followed suit, tweeting: “NBA suspended, ATP suspended, MLS suspended …” C.T. Pan then responded just two hours from his tee time for the Players that he had already left and wasn’t playing.

Pan didn’t stop there. He responded to the Tour’s statement with some sad emojis, and then deleted the following tweet

Screenshot of a now-deleted C.T. Pan tweet on his WD from The Players Championship due to coronavirus. (Twitter screenshot)

Here’s how other players have reacted:

Lee Westwood

To Westwood’s point, as of Thursday four European Tour events have either been postponed or canceled.

Zac Blair

Tell us how you really feel, Zac.

Eddie Pepperell

While he doesn’t specifically mention the coronavirus fallout, you can read between the lines.

Harold Varner III

Lucas Glover isn’t alone.

Pat Perez

Thanks to my esteemed colleague Adam Schupak for the assist.



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