PGA Tour officials, on behalf of the Federation of PGA Tours, HSBC and IMG, have announced that the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will not be played as scheduled in 2022.
The decision was made in conjunction with the China Golf Association due to on-going Covid-19 related restrictions.
“We have worked with all Tours, as well as the China Golf Association, on the viability of hosting the WGC-HSBC Champions this fall, but unfortunately the logistical implications forced the difficult decision to cancel the event,” said PGA Tour Senior Vice President, International, Christian Hardy.
“We are thankful for HSBC’s partnership during these trying times as we continue to navigate the changing Covid-19 climate,” added Hardy.
The WGC-HSBC Champions has traditionally been played at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. When the event was last played in 2019, Rory McIlroyemerged triumphant.
With the cancellation of the WGC-HSBC Champions, the Butterfield Bermuda Championship will be played as a stand-alone event with full FedEx Cup points and an elevated purse of US$6.5 million.
The tournament returns to Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, the week of October 24-30.