The P.G.A. Championship, one of golf’s four annual major tournaments that was scheduled to start on May 11 in San Francisco, was postponed late Tuesday. The tournament sponsor, the P.G.A. of America, said it hoped to hold the event, which dates to the early 1900s, this summer.
The P.G.A. Championship became the second golf major this year to be affected by the spread of the novel coronavirus, joining the Masters Tournament, which was postponed last week. The Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the Masters, also said it was hopeful the event would be held later this year.
The remaining golf majors on the schedule are the United States Open in mid-June and the British Open in mid-July. The United States Golf Association, which conducts the United States Open, said in a statement Tuesday that it would “continue to hold the dates” for its tournament scheduled for June 18 to 21 at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., as it monitors the recommendations of government authorities. The U.S.G.A. said it would do the same for this year’s United States Women’s Open, scheduled for June 4 to 7 in Texas.
Last week, the L.P.G.A. postponed its first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, which was to be held in Southern California from April 2 to 5. The L.P.G.A. has also canceled several other events.
On Tuesday, the PGA Tour canceled four more events through May 10 — the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C., the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte and AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas. The tour had already last week canceled its signature event, the Players Championship, as well as three other upcoming tournaments.
The P.G.A. Championship was first contested in 1916 and has been held every year continuously since 1919, except for 1943 when the event was not played because of World War II.