Sports PGA Tour Canada splits into Canadian, American circuits for 20201
Uihlein trying to decide best path to return to PGA Tour
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Good play brings tough decisions for former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein. Uihlein worked hard to return his swing back to where it needed to be and the results were encouraging. He won on the Korn Ferry Tour two weeks ago in Las Vegas, and then last week he teamed with Richy Werenski to finish third in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Now for the hard part: where to play. With his victory in Las Vegas, Uihlein moved into the top 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list. The top 25 earn full PGA Tour cards for next season. But his third-place finish in New Orleans moved him up 44 spots to No. 148 in the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour.
TORONTO — The PGA Tour Canada is being split into two circuits for the 2021 season due to COVID-19-related restrictions at the United States-Canada border.
The PGA Tour said Thursday in a release that U.S.-based members of PGA Tour Canada will be eligible to compete in the newly created Forme Tour, while Canadian-based players will be able to compete in events under the Mackenzie Tour banner later this summer.
Players on the Forme Tour will play in a series of U.S.-based events between June and September. The top-five points earners on the tour will receive 2021-22 Korn Ferry Tour membership, while others will advance to the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying tournament.
NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup
As the Stanley Cup Playoffs creep closer and closer and there has been no change at the Canadian border, it is seeming more and more likely that there will be some form of relocation in the postseason. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the NHL is not rushing to any conclusions, waiting to see if border policies are relaxed, but have to evaluate alternative plans for the North Division winner to be able to compete in the semifinals and Cup Final this season.
Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., and TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio, have signed on as host sites. The PGA Tour said the tour’s other six venues — as well as tournament dates — will be announced later.
Details on what the Mackenzie Tour circuit will look like were scarce. The PGA Tour said Canadian-based players would be playing for the opportunity "to earn access to the traditional Mackenzie Tour in 2022."
“The Canada-based players will play in 72-hole Mackenzie Tour events, and the tournaments will continue to support local charities and local economies," Mackenzie Tour executive director Scott Pritchard said in a statement.
"We will share more details about specific plans in the near future. We're excited to continue to further develop golf and competitive golfers in this country."
The 2020 PGA Tour Canada season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021.
The Canadian Press
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