HSBC Champions in Shanghai officially cancelled



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HSBC Champions in Shanghai officially cancelled

The HSBC Champions is a professional golf tournament, held annually in China. Inaugurated in 2005, the first seven editions were played at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, then moved to the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen for a single year in 2012.

The tournament then returned to Sheshan Golf Club in 2013. The tournament was originally scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. The Chinese government announced in July that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country would not host international sports events for the rest of 2020.

Last year the HSBC Champions World Golf Championships was won by Rory McIlroy. Asia's flagship event, which in 2019 had the largest prize fund of any tournament outside the United States or majors at US$10.25 million, is co-sanctioned by the US PGA, European and Asian Tours.

The event, which in 2019 had the largest prize fund of any tournament outside the US or majors at $10.25 million, is co-sanctioned by the US PGA, European Tours and Asian Tours.

All three events will hopefully return to their countries in 2021

"We have worked extensively with all tours, international officials, the China Golf Association and other local parties to find a solution to host the WGC-HSBC Champions," Ty Votaw, PGA Tour executive vice president, international, said in a recent statement.

"In line with Chinese government guidelines and being mindful of the logistical implications, we collectively made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event." Two other golf tournaments have been moved out of Asia and to the United States in the past two weeks.

The $9.75 million Zozo Championship that was set for Japan is now scheduled to be played Oct. 22-25 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, with Tiger Woods the defending champion. It was his record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour victory.

The Zozo Championship will be called the Zozo Championship at Sherwood, this year. South Korea's CJ Cup, which last year also carried a mammoth prize fund of $9.75 million, won last year for a second time by Justin Thomas, last week had its fourth edition shifted from Jeju Island to Las Vegas from October 15-18. That event will be called the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek.