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European Tour welcomes return of spectators

Porsche European Open, which has been cut to 54 holes and reset for Saturday-Monday, OKs 2,000 fans daily in Hamburg, Germany

2,000: Number of fans to be permitted each day at the Porsche European Open, representing the return of spectators to the European Tour as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to subside in Germany. The tournament has been reduced to 54 holes and will be played Saturday through Monday at Green Eagle in Hamburg as a reaction to the German government’s recent decision to place the United Kingdom on its travel “red list.” Without the adjustment, almost a third of the scheduled 156-player field, plus a similar number of caddies and European Tour staff, would have been unable to enter Germany without observing a mandatory quarantine period if they had not been outside the U.K. for a minimum of 10 days. Germany’s Martin Kaymer, a two-time major champion, will be making his first appearance in the tournament since 2016. Spectators returned to the PGA Tour in limited numbers beginning in early November at the Houston Open.

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