Swine flu fear sparks withdrawals from Canadian Golf Tour stop

Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:08pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - At least 10 golfers have withdrawn from the San Luis Potosi Open in Mexico due to mounting concern over the swine flu outbreak, the Canadian Golf Tour said on Tuesday.

"We are taking every precaution with our players at San Luis Potosi and will watch the situation closely," said commissioner Richard Janes on the Canadian Tour website (www.cantour.com).

"While we have seen 10 to 15 players withdraw ...many are still arriving from Latin America, the United States and Canada, all eager to play.

"We are taking every precaution with our players...and will watch the situation closely."

The Canadian Tour, which is part of the feeder system for the main U.S. PGA Tour, has closed the Jack Nicklas designed La Loma Golf Club layout to the public and no fans or local caddies will be attending.

Other precautions include the use of bottled water only, hand sanitizers, the availability of medical staff, and the recommendation that players eat at the resort and not travel into the town of San Luis Potosi.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Detroit; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)