The newly-named Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation will have to wait until 2021 to officially debut.
The PGA Tour announced last week the postponement and cancellation of four weeks of events on all six tours, including the Korn Ferry Tour and the Simmons Bank Open here in Brentwood.
“The health and safety of everyone associated with the PGA TOUR and the global community is and will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus Pandemic,” the PGA Tour said in a release. “We will continue to work with the tournaments and partners affected by the schedule changes to make a positive impact in their respective communities and allow those events to come back at full strength in 2021.”
All events through May 10 were affected, including the postponement of the Masters Tournament, which was originally scheduled for April 6-12 at Augusta National Golf Club.
In February, Simmons Bank was announced as the new title sponsor for the annual tour event at Nashville’s Golf & Athletic Club in Brentwood. The newly-named Simmons Bank Open for The Snedeker Foundation was scheduled to return to Brentwood the week of April 30-May 3 with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse.
Speaking on a special for the Tennessee Golf Foundation Wednesday afternoon, 13-time PGA Tour winner Brandt Snedeker said the global health crisis has created “uncharted times.”
“This is a tough time for everybody … I don’t know what the future holds,” the Nashville resident said. “It’s time for us to come together as a community, do what’s right for everybody and know that we will all hopefully pull out of this thing stronger and come back and have a great 2021.”
Snedeker said he’s excited about the partnership as well as the ongoing partnership with Korn Ferry Tour, while continuing to help locally through his foundation.
Simmons Bank signed an eight-year agreement as the title sponsor for the tour’s annual event in Brentwood.
“We are honored to partner with the Korn Ferry Tour and with the Snedeker Foundation to make a difference here in Middle Tennessee,” said George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corporation, in February during the announcement of the agreement. “With a motto like ‘Dreams: Realized,’ we are committed to providing the people and the communities we serve with opportunities to achieve their goals.”
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Since August 2015, the Snedeker Foundation has distributed over $600,000 in scholarships and donations to various charities in Middle Tennessee. The Foundation supports a variety of efforts on both the social and athletic fronts, including Our Kids, which provides expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse while also working to increase community awareness, education and training about child maltreatment. The foundation has been a key tournament partner since May of 2017.
Snedeker said he wants to use the tournament to continue giving back and "leave a lasting impact for our community."
“We’re bummed, but there’s things that are bigger than golf right now,” he said of the cancellation this year.