Tournament host Graeme McDowell and organisers of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mt. Juliet will be now hoping the fate of the Rolex Series event does not go the same way as other events on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai schedule.
The European Tour has advised of the postponement of a further two events on the Race to Dubai schedule including the Made in Denmark presented by FREJA and the cancellation of GolfSixes Cascais.
GolfSixes Cascais was scheduled to take place at Oitavos Dunes, in Cascais, from May 9-10, while Made in Denmark presented by FREJA was due to return to Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort from May 21-24.
It takes to 10 the number of Race to Dubai tournaments to be either postponed or, and in the case of the WGC – Dell Match-Play Championship in Austin, Texas and now the GolfSixes Cascais, to be cancelled.
The next currently unaffected event on the schedule is the 65th hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open set for May 28-31.
McDowell is this year acting as tournament host and he naturally expressed concerns for all those involved in golf.
“It’s just surreal right now and just hard to comprehend how things have changed so much even since last week,” he said.
“All we can do is be guided by the European Tour and while it’s disappointing to see tournaments postponed and also cancelled, who knows where fears for the virus will lead.”