PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The Nationwide Tour has postponed the Mexico Open golf tournament scheduled for May 21-24 because of the swine flu outbreak.

Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee says it will be rescheduled for later in the year.

The Mexico Open was to be played at El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, located about 200 miles northwest of Mexico City.

“A significant number of lives have been lost in Mexico, which is tragic,” Calfee said. “There are more important things for people to focus on at the moment.”

The Mexico Open, first played in 1944, is jointly sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour and the Mexican Golf Federation.

Also, the Canadian Tour has postponed a golf tournament in Mexico because of the swine flu outbreak.

The San Luis Potosi Open, which was scheduled to begin Thursday, has been put off indefinitely.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Tour postponed the final two events of its Mexican swing because of health concerns. Both the Yucatan Country Club Classic and the Iberostar Riviera Maya Open are being rescheduled and will take place on consecutive weeks later on the 2009 schedule.

AP-ES-04-29-09 1713EDT

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