Coronavirus: Rory McIlroy, number one in the world, calls on all players on the PGA Tour to be tested

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Northern Ireland & # 39; s McIlroy played the first round of the now canceled Players Championship on Thursday

World number one Rory McIlroy has called for all players on the PGA Tour to be tested for coronavirus before the season begins again.

All play has been postponed to the Valero Texas Open on April 2 due to the global pandemic.

"To continue playing on Tour, all players and people involved must be tested," said McIlroy.

"Everyone knows you can have it without symptoms and pass it on to someone more prone to getting very sick."

The global pandemic is causing serious disturbances in the sports world, with events likely to draw mass rallies that are postponed or canceled.

On Thursday, the Players Championship organizers announced that the last three days of playing in Sawgrass would be without fans.

Later in the day they moved to cancel the entire tournament because they had to take responsible action. in most infected countries, including the United States.

"It's a scary time, and I think the PGA Tour has taken a step in the right direction and I think we should just play it by ear and take it day by day," said the Northern Irish.

"You look at the trends and you look at everything that happens in the rest of the world, it's still in its infancy here in the United States, and yes it will get worse before it gets better

"I think it is a tough one because you are looking at volunteers here [at Sawgrass] and many volunteers are in their sixties and seventies and are retired and you are not going to & # 39; I don't want anyone to have the virus passing it on to them and then they are susceptible.

"My mom has breathing problems and I definitely don't want to get anything and pass it on to her and all of a sudden there is some kind of complication."

With PGA officials hoping that the Masters, the first major of the year, will resume on April 12, as scheduled on April 2.

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