One day after The PGA tour has officially announced its intended return, its European counterparts are deleting more tournaments from its schedule.
On Friday the Euro Tour canceled the BMW International Open and Open de France, pending the Scottish Open. The events were tapped sequentially on the European calendar, starting with BMW on June 25 and ending with the Scottish Open on July 9.
Because the Scottish Open is one of eight Rolex Series events, there is hope that the event, which is scheduled to visit the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, can be rescheduled at some point later this year.
“The decision to cancel the BMW International Open, which has been the cornerstone of the European Tour calendar for three decades, and Open de France, one of our most historic national Opens was made in consultation with our long-term partners BMW and BMW the French Golf Federation respectively with health community and prosperity are absolute priorities for all of us, “European Tour CEO Keith Pelley said in a statement.” Both Germany and France have been significantly affected by Coronavirus, and our thoughts are addressed to all those affected in both countries, as well as elsewhere throughout the world. “
In a separate statement, Pelley said the Old World Circuit did not have a schedule to return, but remained optimistic the season could finally be played.
“We cannot firmly commit to starting the date because, as I have said many times, we will not continue until it is safe, and we are allowed to do so,” Pelley said. “We now have 14 weeks without a tournament, but the three and a half months is also a time when the global situation may begin to show signs of improvement. There has been discussion centered around easing restrictions in some countries and everyone is optimistic that this can continue.
“This window also gives us the opportunity to continue working behind the scenes on various scheduling options that allow us to provide you with a busy golf calendar to enjoy as we continue.”
Earlier this week a memo from Pelley to European Tour players leaked where Pelley outlined “drastic changes” to the league, which included salary cuts, the elimination of certain luxuries, and the possibility of several events played on one site.