Officials for the PGA Tour Champions and the Korn Ferry Tour announced changes to their respective schedules on Thursday due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The PGA Champions Tour hasn’t played since March 27. The Korn Ferry, the PGA Tour’s developmental tour, last played on March 19.
PGA Tour Champions President Miller Brady said in a statement that the DICK’s Sport Goods Open scheduled for Aug. 14 had been canceled. It joins seven other events that were canceled last month.
Canceled PGA Tour Champions Events
- Rapiscan Systems Classic, March 27-29
- Mitsubishi Electric Classic, April 17-19
- Insperity Invitational, May 1-3
- Senior PGA Championship, May 21-24
- American Family Insurance Championship, June 5-7
- Japan Championship, June 12-14
- US Senior Open, June 25-28
- DICK’s Sporting Goods Open, Aug. 14-16
“We are disappointed to announce the cancelation of one of our premier events on PGA Tour Champions,” Brady said. “But this unprecedented climate has forced us to work closely with our tournaments in establishing what is best for their respective markets.”
The tour will resume again July 31 with the Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan, if conditions permit.
“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 said. “We will continue to monitor the developing situation and follow recommendations by government authorities.”
PGA Tour Champions Majors Rescheduled
Three PGA Tour Champions events have been rescheduled, and one has been postponed. Two of the rescheduled events, the Senior Players Championship and the Regions Tradition, are majors.
“We are excited for the opportunity to contest one of our senior major championships with the Bridgestone Senior Players in August, knowing we will only do so if it is considered safe under the guidance of leading public health authorities,” Brady said.
Rescheduled PGA Tour Champions Events
|Tournament||Old Date||New Date|
|Senior Open Championship||July 23-26||Postponed|
|Seniors Players Championship||July 9-12||Aug. 13-16|
|Principal Charity Classic||May 29-31||Sept. 4-6|
|Regions Tradition||May 7-10||Sept. 24-27|
No decision has been made yet on the Senior Open Championship. That major was supposed to be held at Sunningdale GC (Old Course), in Berkshire, England.
Korn Ferry Tour Undergoes Changes
The first scheduled event for the Korn Ferry Tour is slated for June 11-14 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, according to a memo sent to the players. The tour should continue the following week in Florida at the King and Bear courses at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine
“It is very important for all to understand that these adjustments are subject to the resumption of play at TPC Sawgrass, June 11-14, but may be further modified if needed,” the memo read.
The tour also announced that players on the Korn Ferry Tour will not be able to earn promotions to the PGA Tour like in previous years. The top players on the money list will be combined in the 2021 season.