Par for the Course: The Coronavirus Postpones Zurich Classic Until 2021
Sep 08 2020

Par for the Course: The Coronavirus Postpones Zurich Classic Until 2021

By: Abbey Hebert

The Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) announced that the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be held April 19-25, 2021, at TPC Louisiana, an 18-hole golf course in Avondale. The Zurich Classic, a stop on the PGA Tour, is special to New Orleans. According to the Zurich Classic website, this tournament even took place in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina and was actually the first major athletic event held in NOLA after the hurricane. The website also reports that the Zurich Classic tournament alone "has generated approximately $500 million in economic activity for the New Orleans community" overall. The Zurich Classic also partners with the Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events to fund service organizations that help children access healthcare and education.

The 2020 PGA Tour was cancelled due to the pandemic, yet the PGA has major plans for the 2021 tour. Next year's PGA Tour will be a "Super Season," since there are 50 tournaments planned, including the Zurich Classic—no PGA Tour since 1975 has included that many tournaments. This is because it will incorporate the golf tournaments that were cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, including the U.S. Open, the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, and the Masters Tournament, as well as another 11 tournaments from the 2020 Tour that were pushed back to 2021. Also, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games were postponed, and, as a result, the men's Olympic golf team will be participating in its own event for the first time ever, from July 26 to August 1, 2021.

This PGA Tour is making history due its unusual and jam-packed schedule. The players who will be participating in the Zurich Classic have not yet been announced. Click here to view the entire schedule for the 2021 Tour, which starts on September 7, 2020, in Napa, California, and ends on September 5, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia.


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