The Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A have confirmed the 12th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) is set to be held November 3-6 2021 at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (Championship Course) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The mental-health movement has crossed over into the world of golf, with young star Matthew Wolff recently taking two months off from the PGA Tour to "try to enjoy myself and take care of myself". McIlroy himself has frequently cited his off-course happiness as a source of balance in his life.
Tour players are required to get a waiver to compete on other tours, and now that the Saudi event is no longer part of the European Tour, the PGA Tour told Golfweek that it will deny requests to play in it.
They're clearly trying to treat this as just another tournament, so as to avoid putting too much pressure on themselves and having that impact their play. But one needs only to look at their recent schedule to understand just how significant this tournament is.