CEO Keith Pelley drops possibility of moving 3 events to Florida amid COVID-19 concerns, leaving Sunshine State to PGA Tour
Dropped: By the European Tour, the possibility of moving three tournaments this spring to Florida because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in Spain and Portugal, according to a report by Golf Digest’s John Huggan. In a memo sent to his players Wednesday, tour CEO Keith Pelley said the tour would stick with its current schedule despite travel complications resulting from the pandemic. The Tenerife Open on April 15-18 and the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open on April 22-25, both in Spain, and the Portugal Masters on April 29-May 2 in Portugal will be played as scheduled, Pelley said. Last week, Pelley had said that the tour was considering moving the events to undisclosed locations in Florida and that the PGA Tour was cooperating. The PGA Tour is in the middle of its own Florida Swing, with the Players Championship, the third of four consecutive events in the Sunshine State, being staged this week at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, European Tour members from the Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand will be prohibited from traveling to Kenya for tournaments scheduled in the next two weeks in the African nation, Pelley said.
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