Golf's European Tour resumes from July with 'UK Swing'
BERLIN - European Tour golf will resume from July 22 with a so-called "UK Swing" of six tournaments starting with the British Masters at Close House, near Newcastle.
Five further events will then take place concluding with the UK Championships at the Belfry from August 27. They are "initially" scheduled to take place without fans as golf emerges from its enforced coronavirus suspension.
"Since the suspension of our 2020 season in early March, we have taken a measured approach in reassessing our schedule, informed every step of the way by our medical advisers and government guidance," said Tour chief executive Keith Pelley.
The UK government has announced a 14-day quarantine for arrivals to the country from next month. A succession of tournaments in the country would seem to ease potential problems.
"As golf's global Tour, diversity is ordinarily one of our biggest strengths, but in this instance it has become one of our biggest challenges," said Pelley.
"Initially, therefore, based on the expert guidance we received, playing in clusters, in one territory, is the best option in terms of testing, travel and accommodation."
Other events will be slotted into a schedule which already has the four Rolex Series tournaments pencilled in with two in October and two, including the World Tour Championship, in Dubai in December.
In the United States, the PGA Tour will resume from the middle of next month.
The Open Championship, the only major held outside the US, has been scrapped this year with the PGA Championship moved to early August. The US Open has been given a September slot and the Masters concludes the majors in November.
The Ryder Cup remains planned for late September in the US but is in severe doubt as many consider it impossible to play without fans in attendance.dpa