Covid-19: Irish Open becomes latest European Tour event postponed

LONDON: The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour competition to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled to take place at Mount Juliet from May 28-31, with former US Open champion Graeme McDowell acting as tournament host. “Everyone’s health is our only concern,” McDowell said. “My thoughts are with everyone affected by the crisis and I hope everyone keeps safe and well during these difficult times.” Including majors and World Golf Championship events, a total of 12 European Tour tournaments have now been postponed…

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British Open cancelled for first time since World War II

The British Open has been cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. The 149th Open was scheduled to take place at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent in July. But with the pandemic ripping the 2020 sporting schedule to shreds, the event has became the first of the sport’s four majors to be cancelled this year. Golf’s oldest major will now be hosted at the same Sandwich venue in July 2021. “The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19…

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Golfers chip in money and kind deeds in these dark days

The Cambridge dictionary describes golf as follows: “A game played outside on grass in which each player tries to hit a small ball into a series of nine or 18 small holes, using a long, thin stick.” On the PGA TOUR, the Royal and Ancient game is defined slightly differently. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic which has temporarily shut down all major sports and leagues, PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan has stepped up to be counted in mitigating an international crisis that has hurt the world’s economy, sports not withstanding. When…

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Bad weather forces organisers to cut Malaysia Open to 54 holes

THE Malaysia Open has been reduced to a 54-hole event following another weather delay at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club yesterday. The third round of the event was suspended due to lightning threats at around 2pm, just before overnight leader Andrew Dodt of Australia was due to tee off. All 74 players, who made the halfway cut set at one-under 143, will resume their campaign today. “The tournament has been affected by several lengthy delays and suspensions due to inclement weather throughout the week,” said Asian Tour tournament…

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