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Coronavirus latest: How the pandemic has affected the golf calendar

Coronavirus latest: How the pandemic has affected the golf calendar
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The European Tour is set to resume on July 22 with six tournaments over six weeks in the UK.

Golf has seen its calendar decimated by the coronavirus pandemic with a host of high-profile events either postponed or cancelled.

Here, the PA news agency looks in detail at the impact the Covid-19 crisis has had and how the sport intends to resume.

What’s happened to the majors?

The R&A confirmed in April that The Open, due to be played from July 16-19, will not be played this year. Royal St George’s will still host the event in 2021 with St Andrew’s to host in 2022. The three other majors, all played in America, have provisionally rescheduled. The Masters at Augusta will now be played from November 12-15, the PGA Championship at Harding Park is set for August 6-9 while the US Open will be played September 17-20.

What else was cancelled?

On the PGA Tour, Players Championship was the biggest casualty, a decision to scrap the tournament taken after the first round had been completed. Organisers had originally planned to stage the last three rounds behind closed doors at Sawgrass but were forced into a rethink by the rapidly developing situation back when the pandemic was just taking hold. The Tokyo Olympics, featuring men’s and women’s golf tournaments, were postponed and rescheduled for July 23-August 8, 2021.

When is the PGA Tour back?

After a lengthy break the PGA Tour will resume on June 8, starting with the Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Heritage and Travelers Championship. Those events will all be played behind closed doors. Most of the events that were wiped out have been rescheduled for later in the year.

What about the European Tour?

The European Tour was suspended on March 8, with a host of events postponed or cancelled. However, it is set to resume on July 22 with six tournaments over six weeks in the United Kingdom, kicking off with the British Masters at Close House. The Scottish Open and PGA Championship have been rearranged for October, with the Nedbank Golf Challenge and World Tour Championship set for December. Other events set for September through to November will be announced in due course.

What is happening in the women’s game?

Hinako Shibuno won the Women's British Open last year
Hinako Shibuno won the Women’s British Open last year (PA)

All five majors are still on as it stands, though four have been rescheduled. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is due to take place in Pennsylvania in October. The Evian Championship in France moved from late July into the week vacated by the postponement of the Olympics and will take place from August 6-9. The US Women’s Open was moved from June to December with the AIG British Open still scheduled for August 20-23 in Troon and the ANA Inspiration in California scheduled for mid-September.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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