One of the PGA Tour development tours is to cancel the season because of coronavirus.
Another is playing.
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada said Friday that they canceled the 13-tournament season because of “border restrictions, quarantine is mandatory for those who enter Canada and collect restrictions” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“With increasing uncertainty around the border and 14-day quarantine regulations, among other factors, we have considered all our options and concluded that it is not appropriate to play this summer,” Mackenzie Tour executive director Scott Pritchard word in release.
“We also want to consider our players and their desire to play golf,” added Pritchard. “Understanding the complexity caused by this pandemic, we know it is unfair to leave our members in a position that might prevent them from pursuing other playing opportunities elsewhere while waiting to see what is happening in Canada.”
Other PGA Tour development tours, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, told his players on Friday in an email that the Canadian Tour’s decision would not affect his season, and that he planned to release a new schedule around June.
“As you might have heard, the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada unfortunately announced the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the Canada-US border issue and other problems stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic,” the email said. “The Mackenzie Tour decision, however, does not change or have an impact on the 2020-21 PGA Tour Latinoamerica season and our plans to return to play this fall (fall US), with the aim of season 14 tournament potentially ending at the end of May or early June 2021.
“Over the past few weeks, we have made major strides with our host organization and commercial partners on the revised tournament date, and we should be able to share with you our new schedule around June.”
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada is scheduled to begin on Thursday with the Canada Life Open. The tour said Friday that the player’s status for next season will be based on the results of the 2019 season, while players who advance through three qualifying events will maintain that status, and players who have not competed in four other qualifying tournaments will be guaranteed a place at 2021 qualifying sites.
PGA Tour Latinoamerica played one tournament, the Estrella del Mar Open in early March, before the match was stopped. The PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour are both scheduled to start playing on June 11.
“We have built a lot of momentum coming into this season, and we are excited to continue to make a positive impact in the communities where we play, while also providing opportunities for our players to progress to the PGA Tour,” said Pritchard.
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