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Swine flu and the Canadian Tour

April 28, 2009

The Canadian PGA Tour event this week, the San Luis Potosi Open, is scheduled to be played in San Luis Potosi, about 220 miles from Mexico City, where the Swine Flu outbreak began. It has presented a dilemma for many of those who have entered.

Here is Robert Tychkowski's lead in the Edmonton Sun: "One of golf's fundamental equations has always been risk versus reward, but the choice has never been more sobering than the one facing Canadian Tour players this week."

Tychokowski reports that at least 15 players have canceled plans to play.

As a precautionary measure, no spectators or caddies will be allowed on the course, just players and officials. They'll have doctors on site and hand sanitizer on every hole.

One players who has elected to play: Canada's Stuart Anderson. "Whoever wants to go, go," he told the Sun. "The field is going to be weakened, so if you can put an extra few bucks in your pocket."

-- John Strege