Report: European Tour UK Venues Confirmed For July Restart

The European Tour is said to be planning five events in the UK this summer

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The European Tour is said to be planning five events in the UK this summer

Report: European Tour UK Venues Confirmed For July Restart

The European Tour is set to restart in July with five UK events, as Golf Monthly reported earlier this month, starting at the British Masters at Close House.

The following four tournaments will be in the UK and the venues for those tournaments will be, according to Golf Digest's sources, Forest of Arden, Hanbury Manor and Celtic Manor.

The Telegraph is also reporting this, saying that the British Masters will be brought forward a week to begin on the 23rd July and that Celtic Manor will host two tournaments.

The venues have been chosen due to the fact that they all have large hotels on-site to house the "bubble" of players, staff and officials needed to run the events during this Coronavirus pandemic.

Players from overseas will be given plenty of notice to come to the UK and quarantine before competing in the tournaments that can be easily driven to-and-from.

Golf Digest's sources confirm that the tournaments will have €1m prize funds, much less than the European Tour's huge Rolex Series tournaments but those fees are not a surprise after Keith Pelley's leaked email where he said the Tour would look "drastically different" upon its return.

The Telegraph is reporting that the British Masters will have a purse of £2m, and that there could be a two-day event before the British Masters.

It will all be shown on Sky Sports.

In an email seen by Golf Digest from earlier this month, Pelley assured members he would have “definitive news on the schedule in the very near future,” and that it would be "robust."

The Telegraph say that 22 tournaments could be played this season with other countries also hosting numerous events back-to-back.

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There will also be no European Tour Q-School this year and no promotion from the Challenge Tour, with playing rights from 2020 guaranteed for 2021.

European Tour players may have a dilemma on their hands with golf resuming throughout July.

That's because the USPGA Championship, the first Major of 2020, is set to take place in San Francisco from 6th-9th July.

This essentially means that European Tour players qualified for the USPGA will have a very tough decision on their hands.

However, from Keith Pelley's original leaked email to players, it could be that these UK events are not traditional Thursday to Sunday 72-hole tournaments taking place seven days apart.

We could see three events within a fortnight and, possibly, all five completed within three weeks.

None of the events will have fans on-site, with tickets and hospitality packages currently suspended for the foreseeable future.

An announcement from the European Tour is set to come fairly soon on the restart so more will be known then.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five 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 off of a six handicap. 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: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV