With 12 tournaments plus a WGC event scrapped so far this season, the U.K.-based tour offloads up to half of its 270-member staff, The Times of London reports
Furloughed: By the European Tour, up to half of its tournament staff in the United Kingdom, according to a report Wednesday in The Times of London, which cited fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The tour employs about 270 staff at its headquarters in Wentworth, England, according to The Times' Rick Broadbent. The European Tour has postponed or canceled 12 tournaments plus a World Golf Championships event jointly run with the PGA Tour, stretching into August on the 2019-20 schedule. For the first time since World War II ended in 1945, the British Open will not be played. The tour temporarily suspended ticket sales to the remaining events. The next scheduled event for the European Tour will be the BMW International Open on June 25-28 in Munich, Germany. Tour officials are left with trying to fit their remaining events around the revised schedule recently announced by the PGA Tour, which is emphasizing the major championships, FedEx Cup playoffs and Ryder Cup.
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