PGA Players Championship begins amid concern about coronavirus

MIAMI: Golfers played in Thursday's first round of The Players Championship While US PGA Tour UU. Officials noted updates from health officials about the coronavirus.

Autograph seekers stayed away from the players when the touring signature event kicked off at the famous TPC Sawgrass design at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler all opened with pars in their star trio While back-nine starter Scottie Scheffler was the early leader thanks to three birdies in his first four holes.

Defending champion and world number one Rory McIlroy, trying to become the first consecutive winner in the event's history, was one of those scheduled to start the afternoon.

The event began hours after the NBA decided to close its season following a player who tested positive for COVID-19 and after the tour updated fans about his status.

The PGA The Tour is aware of changes rapidly in relation to COVID-19, a tour statement said Thursday. We will continue to review the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local health administrations.

Obviously, this is a very fluid situation that requires constant review, communication and transparency, and we are dedicated to all three.