The RBC Canadian Open are in serious danger of being canceled for the second straight year due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions and there isn’t much optimism.
“I think there is a better chance the Ottawa Senators win the Stanley Cup this year than the Canadian Open,” Canadian PGA Tour player Roger Sloan told Postmedia.
Golf Canada worked with representatives from Health Canada to find a way to get hundreds of players, caddies and support staff across the border for the week-long tournament, according to a source close to the tournament.
“There will be some things you will have to find out,” said Canadian Nick Taylor recently from Pebble Beach. “Hopefully by then things can improve and we can make it work.”
Unless an exception is made, existing travel restrictions, including 14-day quarantine measures, would make the tournament impossible.
“You could essentially make the tournament the way the NHL summer playoffs do,” Sloan said, adding that it would require a tremendous amount of work and collaboration between the Government of Canada, Golf Canada and the PGA Tour. “I would like to encourage everyone involved to come to a common ground to at least show people that it is possible to have things like that and to create a bit of optimism and hope for Canadians that we can be active and one day can see where we can get past all of this. “
Another difficulty level was added on Tuesday when the City of Toronto decided to cancel permits for all major city-run outdoor events until at least July 1st.
The RBC Canadian Open will take place June 9-13 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke and will not be on public property. However, community collaboration is required for public transportation, road closures and other aspects of the event.
Golf Canada released a statement on the city’s decision.
“Golf Canada and RBC are examining how this decision will affect all aspects of the 2021 championship. First and foremost, we appreciate the severity of this precaution in the city’s continued response to this unprecedented health crisis. The health and safety of everyone involved in the tournament will always come first, and we respect the city’s decision to act in the best interests of the health of the population. “
Expect a decision in the coming weeks.
“I definitely hope it can happen, but I wouldn’t bet any money that we have a Canadian Open this year,” said Sloan.
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