Due to Covid-19 travel limitations placed on entrance into South Africa, the Joburg Open will be the final DP World Tour tournament of 2021.
The tournament was supposed to be the first of three straight South African-based events to kick off the DP World Tour season, which is also co-sponsored by the Sunshine Tour, however, it was cancelled due to worries over a new Covid-19 version being released in the nation.
Despite almost 20 participants quitting over the first two rounds to try to return home before the travel restrictions were enacted, the event at Randpark Golf Club will go on as planned. The next two events on the DP World Tour programme have been cancelled.
The South African Open Championship, which will be held at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City next week, will now just be a Sunshine Tour event with a prize purse of $500,000.
Due to the impact of the travel restrictions, the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which was set to take place at Leopard Creek Country Club from December 9 to 12, has been cancelled.
Due to increased occurrences of the new variety, South Africa was one of six nations added to the UK’s travel red list, with Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe being included.
Direct flights have been halted until Sunday am when new visitors from the impacted region would be compelled to quarantine in hotels. France and Italy are among the other countries that have imposed travel restrictions to and from the six African countries.
The next scheduled DP World Tour event is now the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, which will take place January 20-23, with the Tour returning to South Africa in mid-March for back-to-back tournaments.
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