In a blow to those plying their trade on Satellite Tours, the MENA Tour, home to the likes of Conor Purcell, Conor O’Rourke and Rory McNamara, has postponed the remainder of its 2020 season.
It really comes as no surprise but then it is a brave decision with the Tour announcing it has suspended the final six events of the 2020 schedule, although they are hoping to reschedule for between September and December this year.
The news comes just a day after Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden captured the Race to Jordan 2 title in Jordan and moved to third place on the Journey to Jordan money-list standings.
Ireland’s Conor Purcell is lying 16th after his T26th finish behind the Scot in Jordan but those getting precious competitive rounds on the Tour will now have to look elsewhere after the continuing Coronavirus threat shows no signs of abating.
The Tour put out this tweet explaining the decision:
Unfortunately, due to the various travel issues caused by the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the MENA Tour by Arena has decided to postpone the remainder of our 2020 season to September-December. We will post the new schedule as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/oMJAZHWtYY
— MENA Tour (@theMENATour) March 5, 2020
Soon after, the Alps Tour tweeted that a similar decision has been made with regards to their upcoming events in Egypt. It read:
Upcoming tournaments in Egypt postponed to September 2020.
Following many discussions with the authorities and our medical advisors regarding the Covid-19, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone the next 3 events in Cairo to September. More details soon.
— AlpsTourGolf (@alpstourgolf) March 5, 2020
The news comes as a blow to professional golfers the world over at this time of year but health and wellbeing remains paramount above all else. Hopefully we’ll be back playing soon.