New Mexico Classic moving to Phoenix

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Efforts to save the Buy.com Tour's New Mexico Classic have apparently failed, according to Albuquerque television station KOB-TV.

Tourney officials announced May 9 that the developmental golf tour event was canceled for financial reasons. The following day, the PGA Tour announced it still intended to make the tournament happen.

After weeks of trying to raise money to keep the tour afloat, KOB-TV reported late Wednesday, the PGA officials decided to pull the plug.

Organizers told the station they could not come up with enough sponsorship dollars to keep the event in New Mexico. They said a tournament would be held in Phoenix to replace the New Mexico Classic on the schedule.

The tourney was to be played in August at Santa Ana Pueblo's new Twin Warriors Golf Club.

Buy.Com Tour and Phoenix officials said recently that several Phoenix area organizations and courses were under consideration for a possible tournament, but there has been no announcement as to a decision.

One facet of the Phoenix situation was timing -- whether all the
necessary factors could be worked out sufficiently quickly.
Officials said that even if that couldn't be overcome this year,
Phoenix probably would get a tournament next year.