The 2020 edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player has been cancelled and will now celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.
The announcement was made late on Friday afternoon and comes after the event already had to be rescheduled due to the new date that was set for the Masters in November.
As a result, Africa’s Major was moved to 3-6 December and is annually the case, would’ve have been the penultimate event on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and Rolex Series.
In a statement, tournament host and nine-time Major champion Gary Player said it was a difficult decision to make in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it’s had on international golf.
‘I am confident that the European Tour, Nedbank and Sun International would have done all in their power to try and make sure this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge could go ahead, and that this is a decision they would not have taken lightly. The Nedbank Golf Challenge is a tournament we are all extremely proud of, and if postponing it for a year allows us to present an even better Nedbank Golf Challenge in 2021, then I fully support this,’ Player explained.
The 2020 playing of #AfricasMajor has been cancelled. 💔
The dates for the 40th Anniversary Nedbank Golf Challenge in 2021 will be announced in due course. ⛳
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— Nedbank Golf Challenge (@AfricasMajor) August 28, 2020
Keith Pelley, European Tour CEO, added the organisers are determined to present a full and exciting competition to honour its 40th birthday where no restrictions on access and spectators will be needed.
‘The Nedbank Golf Challenge is a spectacular event which showcases many of the wonderful elements that South Africa brings to the world of golf. To ensure that the tournament is the best it can be for the players and all of our stakeholders, it is right that we wait until a time when we can celebrate the 40th anniversary in a fitting manner.’