Confirmation came yesterday afternoon that the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open due to be played at Mount Juliet in May has been postponed due to the continuing threat posed by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The tournament was scheduled to be the European Tour’s second Rolex Series event of 2020, with Major Champion Graeme McDowell as host.
“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,” said Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour.
“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.”
“We fully support the European Tour in their decision to postpone the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open,” added Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.
“The most important thing right now is the health and safety of all the players, the spectators, the sponsors and organisers, so it’s the right decision.”
Graeme McDowell, tournament host, said: “As important as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is to all of us, everyone’s health is our only concern. My thoughts are with everyone affected by the crisis and I hope everyone keeps safe and well during these difficult times.”
The European Tour has postponed all of its events on a rolling basis through to the end of May. The US Masters and US PGA have also been postponed in April and May respectively, as has the Olympics tournament.
The R&A who run the Open Championship and the AIG Women’s British Open are maintaining a close monitoring of the situation.
Image Credit: Mount Juliet