The RBC Canadian Open is in critical hazard of being referred to as off for the second yr in a row due to COVID-19 and journey restraints, and there isn’t a lot optimism to be discovered.
“I believe there’s a higher likelihood the Ottawa Senators will win the Stanley Cup this yr than the Canadian Open will probably be performed,” Canadian PGA Tour participant Roger Sloan instructed Postmedia.
Golf Canada has been working with Well being Canada officers looking for a strategy to get tons of of gamers, caddies, help workers throughout the border for the week-long event, in line with a supply near the event.
“There’s going to be some stuff they’re going to have to determine,” Canadian Nick Taylor stated not too long ago from Pebble Seashore. “Hopefully issues can enhance by then and we are able to make it work.”
Until an exception is made, present journey restrictions together with 14-day quarantine measures would make the event unimaginable.
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“You could possibly basically make the event perform like they made the NHL playoffs perform in the summertime,” Sloan stated, including that it could take an amazing quantity of labor and co-operation between the Canadian authorities, Golf Canada, and the PGA Tour. “I’d encourage everyone concerned to attempt to come to some widespread floor to no less than present the those that it’s doable to have stuff like this and create just a little little bit of optimism and hope for Canadians that we will be lively and see a day the place we get previous all of this.”
On Tuesday, one other layer of issue was added when the Metropolis of Toronto made the choice to cancel permits for all main in-person city-led out of doors occasions till no less than July 1.
Scheduled for June 9-13 at St. George’s Golf and Nation Membership in Etobicoke, the RBC Canadian Open will not be on public property however municipal co-operation is required for public transit, street closures, and different features of the occasion.
Golf Canada launched an announcement relating to town’s choice.
“Golf Canada and RBC are assessing how this choice will influence all features of the 2021 championship. Firstly, we respect the severity of this precaution within the metropolis’s ongoing response to this unprecedented well being disaster. The well being and security of everybody linked to the event will at all times come first, and we respect the Metropolis’s choice to behave in one of the best curiosity of group well being.”
Anticipate a call to be made in coming weeks.
“I actually hope it could actually occur however I wouldn’t wager any cash that we’re going to have a Canadian Open this yr,” Sloan stated.
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