Coronavirus: European Tour cancels the International Open and the French Open BMW

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The European Tour has announced the cancellation of the BMW International Open and the French Open due to the continuing threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to the emergence of COVID-19, the two tournaments were originally scheduled to take place June 25-28 in Munich and July 2-5 near Paris, respectively.

But the impact of the virus has caused massive disruption in most industries in Europe, while the French government has banned all mass public gatherings until mid-July.

The news comes a day after the PGA Tour confirmed that it would resume closed-door tournaments in the second week of June.

Friday’s announcement also revealed that the Scottish Open – scheduled to start on July 9 – has been postponed, with a new date to discuss.

European Tour general manager Keith Pelley said: “The decision to cancel the BMW International Open, which has been the cornerstone of the European Tour calendar for three decades, and the French Open, one of our most historic national openings, was taken in consultation with our longtime partner BMW and the French Golf Federation respectively with public health and well-being the top priority for all of us.

“Germany and France have been greatly affected by the coronavirus, and our thoughts are with everyone affected in both countries, as well as around the world.

“We also decided to postpone the Scottish Open, which is part of our prestigious Rolex series. Discussions on the possibility of rescheduling this event will continue as we examine a variety of different scenarios for our schedule to find out when it is safe and allowed to resume reading.

“We will not announce the details of these plans until we have a clear picture of the world situation. “

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