The stage of the PGA Tour Series-China golf tournament in Hong Kong, scheduled for October, has been canceled for safety reasons in the territory, the scene of protests for more than three months, and will be held in Macau.
The final leg of this golf tournament’s season should be played between October 17 and 20 in the former British colony, instead it will be played October 10-13 in the former territory under Portuguese administration.
“We look at this from all angles and, as a group, have determined that the cancellation of the 2019 Clearwater Bay Open (Hong Kong stage name) is the best decision,” said Greg Carlson, PGA Tour Series-China CEO. .
The official also pointed out that Macau was the best alternative venue, as it is a vibrant territory and due to the good organization of last year’s Ceasars Golf Macau tournament.
Due to the change of location, prize money will increase Renmimbi 500 million (€ 63.9 million) to Renmimbi 2.1 billion (€ 268 million).
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have led to the postponement or cancellation of various shows, sporting events and other cultural events, such as the October Hong Kong women’s tennis tournament, which has been postponed indefinitely. and the stand-up show by South African humorist and current host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah.
Hong Kong has been facing the worst political crisis for more than three months since its handover to China in 1997, with almost daily actions and demonstrations demanding democratic reforms, such as free elections, and denouncing the brutal police response.
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