Tour scraps Portugal Masters because of COVID-19 travel concerns and moves Tenerife Open to vacated April 29-May 2 time slot
Postponed: By the European Tour, the Portugal Masters, because of ongoing COVID-19 travel concerns, officials announced. The tournament had been scheduled for April 29-May 2 as part of a three-tournament Iberian Swing. The Tenerife Open in Spain, which had been scheduled for April 15-18, will be played two weeks later and occupy the slot vacated by the Portugal Masters. The Gran Canaria Lopesan Open remains in its original April 22-25 spot. Keith Pelley, the tour’s CEO, told players in a memo obtained by Golf Digest that he intends to fill the April 15-18 slot, which is one week after the Masters in the U.S., within the next week. The tour had floated the idea of moving the three Iberian events to Florida, with the cooperation of the PGA Tour, but backed off that proposal. Pelley wrote to players that the tour’s goal “is to try and ensure that we maximize opportunities for all members, given the travel and quarantine restrictions we are currently dealing with across Europe and the world,” according to the memo cited by Golf Digest. Pelley added that the pandemic has affected every member of the tour and “these are, after all, difficult times for everyone, in all walks of life.”
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