In Toronto, the 2020 RBC Canadian Open, the country’s sports calendar, has been cancelled just because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Tour has announced that the cancellation of the tournament on Thursday as part of its revamped 2020 schedule. The four-day competition was scheduled to begin on 11th June at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. Golf Canada and its partners are now in negotiations to use the same venue for the 2021 edition of Canada’s men’s golf championship.
It is a disappointment for our fans and disappointment for golf in Canada because the RBC Canadian Open has been such a celebration and such a high point for so many of us. The Canadian Open, first contested in 1905, and is the third-oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour behind the British Open and the U.S. Open.
It’s the first time the tournament has been cancelled since 1944, when it missed a second straight year due to the Second World War. It was also scrapped from 1915-18 because of the First World War. The Canadian Open is the latest major annual late spring or summer sporting event in Canada to be wiped out or postponed because of the corona virus i.e. COVID-19. The CP Women’s Open is still on the LPGA Tour schedule. Although the Canadian Open has been cancelled, the PGA Tour hopes to resume play this summer. Under the PGA Tour’s new plan RBC, the Canadian Open’s title sponsor, would have its other event the RBC Heritage played without fans in the late June.
It laid out an ambitious plan to resume more and more of its season which is starting at Colonial on June 11-14 in a televised event with no fans in attendance. A cancellation seemed increasingly likely in recent weeks. There are almost three regional qualification tournaments set for mid-May which were cancelled last month. Also, the City of Toronto had cancelled its permits for all public gatherings up until June 30.