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European Tour doubles down on its pro-Europe strategy

Tour will debut 2 events in consecutive weeks in Cyprus and add a fall stop in Scotland, but it scraps the Turkish Airlines Open in Asia and the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Africa. Bottom line: That’s about $11 million less in prize money for players

Announced: By the European Tour, that it will introduce three tournaments within the European Union and cancel two long-standing stops in Asia and Africa on the schedule for 2020, furthering its recent moves to keep the action closer to home during the global coronavirus pandemic but offering far less prize money in the process. The tour will play in consecutive weeks this fall in Cyprus, with the Cyprus Open on Oct. 29-Nov. 1 followed by the Cypress Classic on Nov. 5-8. Both tournaments will offer prize funds of €1 million (about $1.19 million) and be played at Aphrodite Hills Resort in the southwest coastal city of Paphos. Also, the Scottish Championship, a €1 million event, will be held Oct. 15-18 at Fairmont St. Andrews in Scotland, extending the second U.K. Swing to four weeks. In the same news release, the tour canceled the Turkish Airlines Open on Nov. 5-8 in Turkey and the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Dec. 3-6 in South Africa. Thus, the tour will add three events paying a total of less than $3.6 million and eliminate two events that paid $14.5 million last year.

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