Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States: The PGA Tour Series-China has become the latest victim of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Because of the effects of the pandemic and the uncertainty of the situation in Asia at this time, PGA Tour Series-China will not be conducting a season in 2021,” said a statement released by the PGA Tour.
During the year, Series officials said they will discuss ways of returning to competitive golf ‘and look forward to returning to a full schedule of events in 2022’.
“We remain committed to the region and want to do everything we can to give competitive opportunities for players in Asia and from the Pacific Rim,” said Greg Carlson, PGA Tour Series-China Executive Director.
“We are trying to pursue other opportunities for our players to play in 2021. We will also take this pause and evaluate what we might be able to do in 2022,” he added.
The PGA Tour began its foray into international Tour golf in 2012 with the creation of PGA Tour Latinoamérica. The Mackenzie Tour in Canada followed in 2013, with PGA Tour Series-China coming on board in 2014.
Numerous players have taken advantage of the path that all three Tours offer, moving to the Korn Ferry Tour and eventually the PGA Tour.
Alums from all three Tours have won on the Korn Ferry Tour, while former PGA Tour Latinoamérica and Mackenzie Tour players have won PGA Tour events and PGA Tour Series-China and the Mackenzie Tour have had player representation on Presidents Cup International Teams.
Each Tour at the end of the season rewards Korn Ferry Tour membership for the following season to their top-performing players.