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Swine flu pandemic affects Nationwide stop

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on April 30, 2009 at 10:55 am with No Comments »
April 30, 2009 10:55 am

Late last week, Nationwide Tour officials began E-mailing
professional golfers, including Tacoma’s Michael Putnam, about the
growing outbreak of the swine flu virus in Mexico, and how it would
affect its annual stop to the country next month.

And without hesitation Wednesday, the Mexico Open, originally
scheduled for May 18-24 at its new site at El Bosque Golf Club, was
postponed until the fall.

The rescheduling of the event at El Bosque Golf Club, located 200
miles northwest of Mexico City, might heavily backload Putnam’s fall
schedule, but he understands the rationale behind the tournament
postponement.

“If it’s not safe to go down there, and obviously the Mexican
government is canceling some other event, too … the (Nationwide Tour)
is going to keep us in their best interest,” Putnam said.

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