Champions Tour cancels China event because of deadly blast

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Champions Tour has canceled its September tournament in China near the port where an explosion killed more than 100 people and left several more missing.

The Pacific Links China Championship was to be held Sept. 18-20 at the 27 Club in Tianjin. The golf club and adjacent area were not affected by the Aug. 12 blast at a storage facility in the port area of Tianjin.

Organizers decided it was best to cancel the tournament out of respect to a grieving community. Pacific Links International chairman Sun Liping says it is time to support the victims' families and friends and the community of Tianjin.

The tour indicates the tournament will be played next year.

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