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Barbasol tournament officials respond to cancellation

Look forward to return in 2021
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Posted at 9:25 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 09:25:02-04

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Barbasol Tournament officials received the official news on Thursday that the 2020 event has been cancelled by the PGA Tour.

The tournament director responded in a release sent out following that official announcement. “Since our inception in 2015 as a PGA TOUR event, the Barbasol Championship has been tied to the same week as The Open Championship,” said Tournament Director Bryan Pettigrew. “Given the unfortunate circumstances of The Open being canceled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s been a challenge for the PGA TOUR to find an available date for our event this year. While we’re disappointed to not be on the revamped schedule announced today, we understand the complexity of the situation. As we continue discussions with the TOUR, we would certainly consider an opportunity to host the Barbasol Championship in a safe and responsible manner if a date were to become available.”

The Barbasol Tournament will immediately begin planning for next years event which is now scheduled for July 15-18, 2021. It will be the third time it has been held in Kentucky. Troy Merritt won the Barbasol in 2018 and Jim Herman in 2019. “I was really excited to defend my title this summer in Kentucky,” said 2019 Champion Jim Herman. “And while I’m sad to have to wait, I’ll look forward to returning to the Bluegrass in 2021 and playing some great golf in front of the best fans in the country.”

Pettigrew also announced the inaugural Barbasol Junior Championship, featuring the top 120 U18 players in the world which was to be played at Keene Run June 29-July 2, will be pushed back to 2021 as well.