CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The PGA Thursday canceled The International -- played annually in Castle Rock, Colo. -- from its annual tour schedule.
Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and tournament founder Jack Vickers announced the cancellation in a joint statement. The consistent lack of participation by World No. 1 Tiger Woods was rumored to be a major factor, although Woods was not mentioned by name in the announcement.
"Even though a couple of the top players haven't been here in the last few years, The International enjoyed a strong field," Finchem said. "Candidly, in terms of marquee players in that field, two or three of the years that the ratings were falling off, the players were in the field, they just weren't on the leader-board on Saturday and Sunday and weren't impacting the ratings. But the ratings were off a little bit."
The tournament used the modified Stableford scoring system, which awards points for birdies, eagles and double-eagles and subtracts points for scores over par.
The International had been played each year since 1986 in Castle Rock.