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Mackenzie Tour ready to tee off in 2021

Mackenzie Tour ready to tee off in 2021
COVID-19 cancelled all events on the Mackenzie Tour, so the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary will be pushed back to 2021. Kevin Karius reports.

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada — which used to be called the Canadian Tour — is a great feeder system and professional development circuit for players aspiring to the PGA.

It also has a rich history in Alberta, with the Edmonton Open dating back over a quarter of century.

This summer, however, all events on the Mackenzie Tour were cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and tour players coming from around the world.

Read more: Canada’s Mackenzie Tour announces cancellation of remaining 2020 schedule

The 2020 season was set to be the Mackenzie Tour’s eighth, with 13 scheduled tournaments — the most in the third-tier circuit’s history.

“Obviously, with the border closing, it changed everything, and we just couldn’t get the players across the border,” said Darcy Enick, tournament director for the ATB Financial Classic.

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As a result, the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary — originally scheduled to happen back in August — has been pushed back to 2021, while Edmonton will host the event in 2022.

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Have a look at the early stages of the tour, where it is now and what the future holds in the video player above.

For more about the Mackenzie Tour, click here.

— With files from The Canadian Press