The PGA Tour has announced the creation of the Forme Tour for current Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada members as a result of restrictions and other COVID-19-related issues at the U.S.-Canadian border.
For 2021, PGA Tour Canada members will be given access to the Forme Tour, allowing them the ability to compete in a series of U.S.-based events between June and September.
The Forme Tour is sponsored by Forme, a wellness-technology company that designs therapeutic wearables to optimize neck and spinal alignment, correct posture and boosts recovery.
The Forme Tour will continue to provide Official World Golf Ranking points and is planning an eight-tournament schedule played during the summer. The top five points earners will earn Korn Ferry Tour membership, along with others advancing to the second and final stages of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying tournament.
The Forme Tour’s 72-hole, medal-play events will be conducted identically to other PGA Tour-affiliated Tour tournaments. Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., and Ohio’s TPC River’s Bend in the Cincinnati suburb of Maineville have already signed as host sites. The Tour’s other six venues—as well as tournament dates—will be announced later this spring.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to our PGA Tour Canada members and our commitment is to continue to do business with high-calibre golf courses,” said Greg Carlson, executive director of the Forme Tour, who previously filled the same role for seven years for PGA Tour Series-China.
“Forme has shown a willingness to support these players in their career endeavours and we’re extremely happy to work with such an impressive company and with facilities like the Auburn University Club and TPC River’s Bend,centrepiece sites of our season,” said Carlsom.
The Mackenzie Tour will conduct events held across Canada for Canadian-based players later this summer. These players will compete to earn access to the traditional Mackenzie Tour in 2022.
The Mackenzie Tour expects that a number of familiar sites from coast to coast will be included in a schedule announcement that will announced in the coming weeks.
Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard is seeking and expects to secure competitive opportunities under the Mackenzie Tour banner for players who reside in Canada.
“The Canada-based players will play in 72-hole Mackenzie Tour events and the tournaments will continue to support local charities and local economies. We will share more details about specific plans in the near future,” said Pritchard.
“We’re excited to continue to further develop golf and competitive golfers in this country,” he said.