China’s General Administration of Sports cited “science and order” as impetus for its decision. The country has largely contained and curbed transmission of COVID-19; however, China is on guard for imported cases of the disease.
Time, of course, will be the ultimate judge on how well golf capitalises on the spectacular shot in the arm it has been gifted, but if it fails to act and adapt the second time around, there’s little doubt it will be its gravest mistake of all.
It is not a query that begets a singular, clear-cut answer. However, after speaking with tour and tournament officials, players, caddies and an epidemiologist, the response also is not as ambiguous as it may seem.