The WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai has been cancelled due to ongoing issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The £7.6million tournament was due to take place at Sheshan International Golf Club from 28-31 October.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said:

"Following discussions with HSBC, we can confirm the cancellation of the 2021 WGC-HSBC Champions.

"Although it's unfortunate to have to do so, we must ensure that we abide by the epidemic prevention policies of different markets which may cause inconvenience to the players and make tournament operations very challenging.

"Therefore, after careful consideration, we had to make this difficult decision to cancel the event."

Rory McIlroy was the last winner of the event, beating Xander Schauffele in a play-off in 2019.

Monahan added that the ZOZO Championship would take place as planned from 21-24 October at Narashino Country Club outside Tokyo.

"ZOZO has been a great partner and we have been in regular contact with the government and local authorities about the plans to successfully stage this event this fall," Monahan said.

"The successful and safe golf competitions at the Tokyo Olympic games helped provide some confidence going forward there."