The 2021 Nedbank Golf Challenge has been cancelled for the second year in a row because of the restrictions placed on sporting events and spectators in South Africa due to Covid-19.
The European Tour‚ Nedbank and Sun International agreed it would not be feasible.
The 40th anniversary of the tournament was scheduled to take place at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City from 11 to 14 November. Player, who hosts the tournament, outlined why the decision was made.
“I understand and appreciate the immense consideration that went into this decision. As tough as it is for all of us who love the Nedbank Golf Challenge and who desperately want to see it played‚ I support the decision taken as one that is in the best interests of a tournament that is very dear to all of us.”
Nedbank Group chief executive Mike Brown says the tournament would be almost impossible to stage because of Covid-19.
“The current Covid environment in South Africa is extremely challenging‚ and we feel that to host a tournament of the magnitude and prestige of the Nedbank Golf Challenge would not be feasible or prudent.
“As Africa’s Major‚ this is a tournament that means so much to so many people and it is renowned for world-class golf and corporate hospitality.
“It would simply not be possible to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in an appropriate manner at this time.
“We remain committed to celebrating this milestone‚ and as such will focus our efforts on working towards the 2022 Nedbank Golf Challenge. The tournament deserves no less‚ and although this is a disappointing decision to have to make‚ it is the right one at this stage.”
Keith Pelley‚ chief executive of the European Tour‚ also touched on the anniversary of the tournament.
“The 40th anniversary of the Nedbank Golf Challenge is a momentous occasion‚ and as such it is only right that this milestone is celebrated in a manner deserving of this event‚ and also when South Africa’s passionate golf fans can properly share in this moment.”