Hong Kong Open back on the calendar, but European Tour unable to sanction
Golf's Hong Kong Open, postponed last month amid violence from escalating anti-government protests, will go ahead in January, but without sanctioning from the European Tour, it was announced today.
The tournament has been scheduled for 9 to 12 January at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: “While we are unable to sanction this edition of the Hong Kong Open due to other tournament commitments, we are delighted to retain an integral role in staging one of Hong Kong’s best-loved sporting events. We very much look forward to returning next November when the 62nd Hong Kong Open will kick off our 2021 European Tour season.”
The event will still be sanctioned by the Hong Kong Golf Association and the Asian Tour, whose chief executive Cho Minn Thant said: “As our season opening event, there will be an undoubtedly strong Asian Tour field with players eager to get their seasons off to a fast start.”
The Hong Kong Open was originally slated for 28 November to 1 December, but was cancelled a week beforehand, becoming the latest event to succumb to the political instability, riots and protests in the territory.
Another golf tournament, the PGA Tour Series-China, the international development tour of the top US golf circuit, electric motor racing’s Hong Kong ePrix and the Hong Kong Tennis Open have all been postponed in recent months, with the pro-democracy demonstrations all stated as the reasons.