Irish Open Postponed Due To Coronavirus

The European Tour has postponed the Irish Open at Mount Juliet due to Covid-19

Irish Open Postponed
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The event was scheduled from 28th-31st May

Irish Open Postponed Due To Coronavirus

The European Tour has postponed this year's Irish Open due to the Coronavirus.

The tournament, which is the first Rolex Series event to be postponed, was due to take place at Mount Juliet from 28th-31st May.

Keith Pelley, European Tour Chief Executive, said: “The decision to postpone the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open follows consultation with all stakeholders and was made with public health and well-being as our absolute priority. Our thoughts are with everyone right now and we are all united in trying to fight the spread of the pandemic.

“With this in mind, we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.”

Just a week or so ago, Pelley said that he was "hopeful" that the season would continue in Ireland, although that will not be happening.

The Tour also stopped ticket sales and hospitality packages until further notice.

The next event on the schedule is now the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from 4th-7th June.

The PGA Tour's next event on the schedule is the Fort Worth Invitational on 21st May at Colonial in Texas, although that will almost certainly be put back.

After The Masters and USPGA were both postponed earlier in the month, the US Open looks to be next on the postponed list after a report from the New York Post, which stated that it had already been postponed, albeit there has been no official confirmation yet.

The event is due to take place in mid-June at Winged Foot in New York but the club is currently closed due to the Coronavirus and New York is the worst-affected area of the US, as things stand.

The Olympics were also postponed, with the IOC announcing that they will now take place between 23rd July to 8th August next year.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x