European, Asian tours cite 'social unrest' in pulling plug on next week’s event
Postponed: Next week’s Hong Kong Open, because of ongoing violent protests in the semi-autonomous city, the European and Asian tours said in a statement early Wednesday. The tournament was set to be played Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. No new date was announced, though the tours said they will seek to reschedule the tournament for early 2020. Keith Pelley, the European Tour’s chief executive, said in a statement: “The decision has been taken due to the ongoing level of social unrest in Hong Kong. As the safety of our players, staff, stakeholders and everyone involved in each and every one of our tournaments around the world is our top priority, we feel this is the correct, but unfortunate, course of action.” Hong Kong has been reeling from five months of violent protests over China’s increased efforts at control since Beijing reclaimed the municipality from Britain in 1997.
Modified: By the USGA and R&A, the World Amateur Golf Ranking, to emphasize strength of field via participants’ recent play in awarding ranking points to tournaments. Under the new Power Method that will be introduced in January, ranking points will be allocated to players based on their overall finishing position in the tournament rather than on the previous round-based allocation, according to a joint USGA-R&A news release.
Announced: By NBC Sports Group, that it has acquired EZLinks Golf, a PGA Tour-affiliated company that operates the online booking site TeeOff.com. Terms were not disclosed. The move further strengthens NBC’s GolfNow in the online tee-time industry.