Champions tour cancels N.Y. stop, makes other schedule changes
4/29/2020 5:34:22 PM EST
Following the PGA Tour's lead, the PGA Tour Champions on Wednesday announced additional changes to its 2020 schedule because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Dick's Sporting Goods Open, scheduled for Aug. 14-16 in Endicott, N.Y., is cancelled for this year because of the impact the pandemic has had in New York. The Bridgestone Senior Players Championship in Akron, Ohio -- originally scheduled for July 9-12 -- will be now fill that Aug. 13-16 slot.
"We are disappointed to announce the cancellation of one of our premier events on PGA Tour Champions, but this unprecedented climate has forced us to work closely with our tournaments in establishing what is best for their respective markets," PGA Tour Champions president Miller Brady said in a statement.
Dick's Sporting Goods Open tournament director John Karedes said in a statement, "These are incredibly difficult times for everyone as we look across the sports and societal landscapes, but the health and safety of our fans, volunteers, players and sponsors is and always will be our No. 1 priority. With deadlines approaching tied into the logistics of running a professional golf tournament, it became readily apparent that conducting the 2020 event would not be a possibility.
"Our focus now will be on how we use this moment in time to inspire our fans and community while preparing for the tournament to return in the summer of 2021."
The tour's statement did not indicate whether fans would be allowed to attend tournaments once play does resume.
"The health and safety of everyone associated with PGA TOUR Champions and the global community will continue to be the No. 1 priority as the Tour navigates the ongoing health crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic," Brady added. "We will continue to monitor the developing situation and follow recommendations by government authorities."
As of now, the PGA Tour Champions is scheduled to resume July 31 with The Ally Challenge in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Earlier this month, the PGA Tour announced a revised schedule in which play will resume June 11-14 with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. The PGA Tour's first four events will be played without spectators.
Updated 2020 PGA Tour Champions schedule:
--July 31-Aug. 2: The Ally Challenge, Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Mich.
--Aug. 13-16: Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
--Aug. 21-23: Boeing Classic, The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
--Aug. 28-30: Shaw Charity Classic, Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta
--Sept. 4-6: Principal Charity Classic, Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa
--Sept. 11-13: Sanford International, Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, S.D.
--Sept. 18-20: Pure Insurance Championship, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.
--Sept. 24-27: Regions Tradition, Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala.
--Oct. 2-4: Ascension Charity Classic, Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis
--Oct. 9-11: SAS Championship, Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.
--Oct. 16-18: Dominion Energy Charity Classic, CC of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
--Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Boca Raton Championship, Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
--Nov. 5-8: Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Phoenix CC, Phoenix
--Field Level Media