For Canadian-based members of the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada there was welcome news on June 10. The circuit announced their 2021 schedule of eight tournaments. Full details (short of purse amounts) were published for seven of the events, with the particulars for one event still left to be revealed.
It’s a big step for the tour that operates within the PGA TOUR umbrella, especially since members were left scrambling for places to play last year. The 2020 regular season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, partially replaced by the four-event Canada Life Series.
With some travel limitations still in place, the TOUR went ahead and created an agenda for players based north of the U.S. – Canada border that will run from July into October.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to make this announcement. We always knew we would have PGA TOUR-affiliated golf in Canada in 2021, so it’s nice to finally make it official with the announcement of these eight tournaments,” said Scott Pritchard, Mackenzie Tour Executive Director. “We are appreciative to all of our partners, the golf courses where we’re playing, the communities that will host us for the week and Mackenzie Investments, which has been such a significant partner for so many years.”
The season begins in late-July, with the Mackenzie Investments Open at Club de Golf Le Blainvillier in the city of Blainville just outside of Montreal on July 26-August 1. Following a two-week break, the Tour begins a seven-tournament-in-seven-week stretch, beginning August 16-22 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley for the Osprey Valley Open. Next is a two-week stay in Prince Edward Island for a pair of tournaments at two of the island’s finest golf courses. First up is the Prince Edward Island Open (August 23-29) at Dundarave Golf Club followed by the Brudenell River Classic (August 30-September 5) at Brudenell River Golf Course.
Players will then travel west for a tournament to be announced at a later date and will be played the week of September 6-12, followed by Calgary’s ATB Financial Classic (September 13-19) at Country Hills Golf Club, both long-time Tour partners. The season concludes with a pair of tournaments in British Columbia, the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club (September 20-26) followed by the DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club (September 27-October 3).
The Mackenzie Tour and tournament organizers continue to monitor issues surrounding the global pandemic, and they have worked with local and provincial health authorities and will continue to do so leading up to the tournaments. Approvals to return to competition still need to happen across the country, but organizers remain encouraged that the tournaments will be able to take place based on the vaccine rollout.
Even with the compacted schedule and the number of events played in consecutive weeks caused by continued pandemic issues, Pritchard sees this year’s set of tournaments and their place on the schedule as a good thing.
“We believe there is a good pacing to our schedule, and the players will get in a lot of golf this summer in successive weeks. With the limited amount of competitive golf available over the last year, we know the players are anxious to get started and will embrace these events played at high-quality golf courses in the summer and into the fall,” Pritchard added.
In 2020, the PGA TOUR conducted a four-tournament grouping of tournaments for players in Canada. What the Tour conducted last summer will serve as a model in 2021.
“What I’m most excited about is that these players will have opportunities to compete at PGA TOUR-sanctioned events, the competitions taking place at quality golf courses and the Tour offering some compelling season-ending incentive for these players,” Pritchard added.
The top player at the conclusion of the season will earn full status on the 2022 Mackenzie Tour, while players finishing No. 2 through 5 on the Points List will receive conditional 2022 Mackenzie Tour status, which will gain them entry into the first set of events before the reshuffle. Finishers six through 10 will each earn a sponsor exemption into a 2022 Mackenzie Tour event.
Tour officials will continue to monitor the travel restrictions in place and adapt accordingly should policies change before or during the season.
2021 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Schedule
|July 26-August 1||Mackenzie Investments Open||Club de Golf Le Blainvillier||Blainville, Quebec|
|August 16-22||Osprey Valley Open||TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley||Caledon, Ontario|
|August 23-29||Prince Edward Island Open||Dundarave GC||Brudenell, Prince Edward Island|
|August 30-September 5||Brudenell River Classic||Brudenell River GC||Brudenell, Prince Edward Island|
|September 13-19||ATB Financial Classic||Country Hills G&CC||Calgary, Alberta|
|September 20-26||GolfBC Championship||Gallagher’s Canyon GC||Kelowna, British Columbia|
|September 27-October 3||DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist||Uplands Golf Club||Victoria, British Columbia|