The European Tour updated the schedule for the 2019-2020 season during Covid-19. Accordingly, they decided to cancel the BMW International Open. Also pause indefinitely Scottish Open. The ban on gathering people in France is valid until the end of July.
“Ensuring safety for public health is a top priority, so we negotiated with the host and sponsors and decided to stop the event. The upcoming schedule is still under careful scrutiny. and we only resume the season when the environment is really safe, “said European Tour CEO Keith Pelley.
The BMW International Open is an event in Germany with a 31-year history. It is scheduled to take place at the Munich Eichenried Golf Club with a prize fund of $ 2.17 million. Open de France has a reward fund of 1.63 million USD.
The Scottish Open, playing at the Renaissance Club with a $ 7 million reward budget, is part of the Rolex Series. This is one of the eight major events of the European Tour.
The prize fund for each prize is the lowest at the same number. The Renaissance Club is also the “destination” of the LPGA Tour 2020 in mid-August.
Born in 1906, Open de France is Europe’s oldest extended golf tournament, an annual contribution since the European Tour was founded in 1972. After two years of the Rolex Series, it has become a regular tournament in the world.
There have been 17 European Tour awards that have been postponed, or stopped altogether due to the epidemic, including the Rolex Series events. According to the revised overall schedule, British Masters from July 30 to August 2 top the remaining 15 European Tour events this season.
A few days ago, CEO Keith Pelley sent a memorandum to the golfers, advising them to be mentally prepared for the risk of losing bonuses. That’s having their logistics removed and “plowing their faces” once the European Tour reopen the arena.