PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | For all the new, nine-year domestic media rights deal announced Monday may buy the PGA Tour – it’s valued in billions, not millions – it can’t buy any assurance that the tour playing schedule won’t be directly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
For the time being, commissioner Jay Monahan said Tuesday at the Players Championship, it’s full speed ahead with the schedule as it’s currently structured.
Unless it changes.
That’s about as definitive as Monahan could be when he was pressed on the subject during his hour-long press conference.
What else could he say?
In any other year, Monahan could have spent the majority of his time celebrating the tour’s pride-and-joy event along with the far-reaching impact of the new media deal which mushrooms not just the tour’s bank balance but also its reach.
But this isn’t like other years. There is a World Golf Championship scheduled in Austin, Texas, in two weeks, the same Austin that recently called off its South by Southwest festival out of concer...
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