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European Tour: French Open postponed to Golf National due to Covid-19 restrictions |  Golf news


French Open, scheduled for May 6 to 9 at Golf National, postponed due to coronavirus restrictions in France; European tour “ looking for all options ” to find an event to fill the vacant week in the Race to Dubai calendar

Last updated: 07/04/21 14:31 pm

Nicolas Colsaerts won the French Open in his last held in 2019

The European tour confirmed that the French Open, hosted by Gregory Havret, has been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions in the country.

The oldest national Open in continental Europe was due to make a return to the Race to Dubai program at the Golf National from May 6 to 9, after being canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

The decision to postpone the event follows President Macron’s extension of coronavirus restrictions across France, the European Tour and the French Golf Federation (FFG) hoping to postpone the tournament for later in the day. ‘year.

European Tour: French Open postponed to Golf National due to Covid-19 restrictions |  Golf news

Gregory Havret was due to host the event in May

“It is clearly disappointing to have to postpone the French Open, especially after all the hard work and collaboration between us, the FFG and the many stakeholders involved in hosting the tournament in May,” said Keith Pelley, Managing Director. of the European Tour. “We believe this is the responsible decision.

“We also had tremendous support from host Grégory Havret and the 12 other French players who had signed up to play at Golf National and so we will continue to look at all options in the hopes of playing the tournament. later this year. “

Nicolas Colsaerts remains defending champion after his one-shot victory in 2019, with Ryder Cup winners Alex Noren, Tommy Fleetwood and Graeme McDowell among the other recent winners.

European Tour: French Open postponed to Golf National due to Covid-19 restrictions |  Golf news

Tommy Fleetwood won the French Open in 2017

Pascal Grizot, President of the French Golf Federation, declared: “We have worked closely with the staff of the European Tour and various French authorities in recent months and, thanks to this involvement, have been able to overcome many obstacles.

“However, despite this, we believe that in the current climate it is neither reasonable nor responsible to organize the event in May. We will continue to work hand in hand with the European Tour in order to try to find an alternative date for the French Open, that could allow us to welcome spectators and patrons. “

The European Tour is looking at all options to try and fill the vacant week on the calendar, with the free week between the Tenerife Open from April 30 to May 2 and the British Masters hosted by Danny Willett from May 13 to 16.

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