The PGA Tour today announced the creation of the Forme Tour for current U.S. based members of PGA Tour Canada as a result of restrictions and other COVID-19-related issues at the U.S.-Canadian border.
For 2021, U.S. players on the PGA Tour Canada will be given access to the Forme Tour, allowing them the ability to compete in a series of U.S.-based events between June and September, while Canadian-based players will be able to compete in events under the Mackenzie Tour banner later this summer.
The new U.S. tour’s title sponsor is Forme, a wellness-technology company that designs therapeutic wearables to optimize neck and spinal alignment, improve posture and boost recovery.
The Forme Tour will continue to provide Official World Golf Rankings points and is planning an eight-tournament schedule played during the summer. The top-five points earners earning 2021-22 Korn Ferry Tour membership along with others advancing to the second and final stages of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
The Forme Tour’s 72-hole, medal-play events will be conducted identically to other PGA Tor-affiliated Tour tournaments. Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., and Ohio’s TPC River’s Bend in the Cincinnati suburb of Maineville, each have signed as host sites.
The Tour’s other six venues, as well as tournament dates, will be announced later this spring.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to our PGA TOUR Canada members, and our commitment is to continue to do business with high-caliber golf courses,” said Greg Carlson, Executive Director of the Forme Tour, who previously filled the same role for seven years for PGA TOUR Series-China.
“Forme has shown a willingness to support these players in their career endeavors, and we’re extremely happy to work with such an impressive company and with facilities like the Auburn University Club and TPC River’s Bend—centerpiece sites of our season. We look forward to announcing the remaining schedule and venues in the coming weeks.”
Details on the Mackenzie Tour were not available.
“The Canada-based players will play in 72-hole Mackenzie Tour events, and the tournaments will continue to support local charities and local economies,” Mackenzie Tour executive director Scott Pritchard said in a statement.
“We will share more details about specific plans in the near future. We’re excited to continue to further develop golf and competitive golfers in this country.”
Source: PGA Tour Press Release