Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in Spain and Portugal, tour considers moving 3 events to U.S., London newspaper reports
Reported: By London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, a proposal by the European Tour to relocate three tournaments this spring from Europe to the U.S. because of COVID-19-related travel concerns. The tournaments – Spain’s Tenerife Open on April 15-18 and Gran Canaria Lopesan Open on April 22-25 and the Portugal Masters on April 29-May 2 – fall in the weeks immediately after the Masters. Florida has been mentioned as a potential destination, and the PGA Tour has been consulted about the proposal, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing a memo sent from European Tour CEO Keith Pelley to tour members. This week, the PGA Tour will play the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, the second of four consecutive stops in the Sunshine State. Travel restrictions preclude visitors from the U.K. and South Africa from entering Spain and Portugal. Every European Tour event features a large number of British and South African competitors. “Government rules and regulations on travel might transpire against us,” Pelley said in his memo, “so we have to proactively look at all options.” The three European Tour events in Spain and Portugal are scheduled opposite the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic and Valspar Championship. The Valspar is held at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.
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