Status of PGA’s Canadian Open unknown after Toronto cancels permits to July 1

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the Canadian Open golf championship in Ancaster, Ont., on Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

The status of the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open is up in the air once again after Toronto announced the cancellation of city permits for events through July 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lone Canadian stop on the PGA Tour is scheduled for June 7-13 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto’s west end.

While the golf course is privately operated and not subject to the city’s permit cancellation, the 2020 Canadian Open scheduled to take place at the same venue was eventually cancelled because of international travel and government restrictions related to the pandemic.

Golf Canada said in a statement that the organization and event sponsor RBC are assessing how the city’s decision will impact this year’s Canadian Open.

“The health and safety of everyone connected to the tournament will always come first, and we respect the City’s decision to act in the best interest of community health,” Golf Canada said.

“We continue to work with our partners at RBC and the PGA Tour to determine the best course of action for the 2021 RBC Canadian Open.”

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