Sport Golf: European Tour continues at the end of July
South Korea: silence and distance for the resumption of golf
© Jung Yeon-je South Korean golfer Cho Jeong-min masked during the first round of the KLPGA Championship at the Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, northeast of Seoul , May 14, 2020 The song of the birds, the ball entering the hole and the photographers' flashes. These are the only noises we could hear Thursday in Yangju, South Korea, where professional golfers resumed competition. Without spectators, silence is still one of the main characteristics of this era of sport after the Covid-19.
The European Tour of Golfers will hold the first tournaments again at the end of July after a Corona break of three and a half months. In a first step, six tournaments were scheduled, which will be played in England (four times) and Wales (twice) without spectators until the end of August. The basis is a hygiene concept coordinated with the governments, as the organizers announced on Thursday.
Further tournaments are planned from September to November, but the exact location of the host cities should be determined at a later date, taking into account the Corona developments. Events in other countries are also conceivable. Only four major tournaments, including the European PGA Championship (October 15-18) and the tour final in Dubai (December 10-13), have been set.
"We think it makes sense to host the tournaments in a cluster in certain regions," said European Tour boss Keith Pelley. However, the Porsche European Open planned for September 3rd to 6th in Hamburg will not take place.
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