The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada will return in 2021 with a set of eight tournaments available for players based in Canada.
A year after the global pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 season, and with restrictions still in place at the Canada-U.S. border, the Mackenzie Tour is giving competitive opportunities to players already in Canada through this schedule that begins in July and runs to 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 Mackenzie Tour executive directo Scott Pritchard.
“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,” he added.
The season will begins in late July, with the Mackenzie Investments Open at Club de Golf Le Blainvillier in Blainville, just outside of Montreal, July 26-Aug. 1.
Following a two-week break, the tour begins a seven-tournament-in-seven-week stretch, beginning Aug. 16-22 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont., for the Osprey Valley Open.
Next is a two-week stay in Prince Edward Island, beginning with the Prince Edward Island Open (Aug. 23-29) at Dundarave Golf Club followed by the Brudenell River Classic (Aug. 30-September 5) at Brudenell River Golf Course.
Players will then travel west for a tournament to be announced at a later date to be played the week of Sept. 6-12, followed by Calgary’s ATB Financial Classic (Sept. 13-19) at Country Hills Golf Club.
The season concludes with a pair of tournaments in British Columbia, the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club (Sept. 20-26) followed by the DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club (Sept. 27-Oct. 3).
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.
“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,” said Pritchard.
“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. 2-5 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.