- The 2020 Nedbank Golf Draw back has been cancelled as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
- That is the most important time in 39 years that the occasion in Photograph voltaic Metropolis is not going to be going to happen this week.
- Event director Ken Payet advised Sport24 that he was upset nonetheless understands the choice.
The European Tour confirmed on Friday the cancellation of the 2020 Nedbank Golf Draw back on the Gary Participant Nation Membership in Photograph voltaic Metropolis.
Usually typically referred to as the ‘African predominant’, the occasion will now happen in 2021 on account of the event celebrates it is 40th anniversary.
“This was a extraordinarily troublesome various for us to make nonetheless it’s one we’re taking in the perfect pursuits of the event and all these concerned in it. The Nedbank Golf Draw back has regularly been method over solely a golf event.,” talked about Mike Brown, Chief Govt Nedbank Group.
The Nedbank Golf Draw back was as a consequence of run at a rescheduled date of Three-6 December with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood the defending champion.
Chatting with Sport24 on Friday, event director Ken Payet talked about that it was unattainable to not host the occasion as a result of outbreak of the coronavirus.
“We merely felt that the timing wasn’t right, there have been too many dangers and uncertainties. We felt that it may be finest to cancel this yr’s occasion and hopefully we’ll be in a better place in 2021,” talked about Payet.
“It is disappointing nonetheless it’s the best title below the circumstances.”
The date for the 2021 Nedbank Golf Draw back has not been confirmed nonetheless, nonetheless, Payet revealed that it will shield the November/December time interval.
“The schedule is ever-changing, it’s down for November subsequent yr nonetheless it might most probably change. We’re unsure what number of occasions is more likely to be there subsequent yr nonetheless it’s too early to take a spot, we’ll see the best way wherein it goes,” talked about Payet.
9-time predominant champion and event host Gary Participant talked about in a press launched that he fully helps the choice taken by the European Tour, Nedbank and Photograph voltaic Worldwide.
“I’m assured that the European Tour, Nedbank and Photograph voltaic Worldwide would have executed all of their energy to attempt to assure this yr’s Nedbank Golf Draw back may go forward, and that that is often a various they will not have taken calmly,” talked about Participant.
“The Nedbank Golf Draw back is a event we’re all terribly pleased with, and if suspending it for a yr permits us to current bigger Nedbank Golf Draw back in 2021, then I fully assist this.”
Keith Pelley, European Tour Chief Govt, talked about: “The Nedbank Golf Draw back is a spectacular occasion which showcases loads of the implausible parts that South Africa brings to the world of golf. To ensure that the event is the perfect it could possibly be for the avid players and all of our stakeholders, it’s right that we wait till a time as quickly as we’re capable of have an excellent time the 40th anniversary in a turning into method.”
Throughout the meantime, the European Tour have added three new tournaments in Europe as a part of its reshaped 2020 season with the Cyprus Open (29 October-1 November), Cyprus Typical (5-Eight November) and the Scottish Open (15-18 October).
– Compiled by Lynn Butler