PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationwide Tour's upcoming Mexico Open presented by Corona Light has been postponed as a result of the swine flu outbreak and will be played later in the season; it was announced today by Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee.
The tournament was to be played the week of May 18-24. The new tournament dates will be announced in the near future.
El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, is the new host site this year. The club is located approximately 200 miles northwest of Mexico City.
"Given the serious circumstances surrounding the swine flu outbreak, the Nationwide Tour has decided it is in everyone's best interests to reschedule the Mexico Open presented by Corona Light and play the tournament later in the season," Calfee said. "A significant number of lives have been lost in Mexico, which is tragic. There are more important things for people to focus on at the moment."
"With regard to new dates, we are in a position where we have options and will begin working with tournament personnel in Mexico to decide when the event will be played," Calfee added. "As soon as a new date is finalized, an announcement will be made. The PGA TOUR is very committed to the Mexico Open and looks forward to playing at El Bosque Golf Club."
All other details regarding the Mexico Open remain unchanged.
This is the second year the Nationwide Tour will be a co-sanctioning partner of the Mexico Open with the Mexican Golf Federation. Australian Jarrod Lyle won last year's event by five shots over Matt Every.
The Mexico Open was first played in 1944. Over the years, many of golf's most prominent players and major champions have played in the Mexico Open, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret, Bobby Locke (1952 winner), Roberto De Vicenzo (1951, '53 and '55), Billy Casper (1977), Raymond Floyd, Seve Ballesteros, Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino (1973 and '75), Ben Crenshaw (1981) and Nick Price.
On Going Marketing of Mexico is the tournament organizer.