Covid-19 continues to take its toll


  • Golf
  • Sunday, 05 Apr 2020

LAST week the Covid-19 pandemic took its toll on the Olympic Games when Tokyo 2020 was postponed to next year and this week it sidelined the Wimbledon tennis championships in England.

But that was not all. Golf again felt the wrath of the coronavirus outbreak with the switch of the 36th Shinhan Donghae Open back to South Korea.

The tournament has been rescheduled to take place at Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, the venue that hosted the US$1.1mil Asian Tour event over the past five seasons.

It had been slotted for a debut in Japan as part of the Shinhan Financial Group’s goal “to globalise the event and leverage more active Korea-Japan exchange through sports,” the Asian tour said on its website.

It has now been pencilled in to be played from Sep 10 to 13 at Bear’s Best Cheongna.

Elsewhere, the R&A Golf Club said in a statement that following advice provided by the UK Government, health authorities and their own medical consultants in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, they have postponed the amateur championships and international match due to be played in June.

“We can confirm that the 41st Curtis Cup ( a biennial match between Britain and Ireland and the United States) at Conwy, Wales, due to take place from June 12 to 14, has been rescheduled to 2021 in agreement with the USGA.”

The British Amateur Championships at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire, due to take place from June 15 to 20 June, and the Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie), scheduled for June 23 to 27, have been earmarked for the week commencing Aug 24.

“These plans are dependent on the situation with the pandemic and we will continue to monitor it in the coming weeks,” the R&A statement said.

The R&A executive director of Golf Development and Amateur Championships, Duncan Weir added: “We have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the players and everyone involved in our events, so it is the right course of action to take.

“We are grateful to all of the venues for their continuing support in these challenging circumstances and will update everyone involved with our plans.

“We continue to review our 2020 professional championships and the remainder of our domestic amateur season.”

Presently, the Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States remains scheduled for Sept 25 to 27 at Whistling Straits Golf Course near Sheboygan in Wisconsin, US.

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