Golf: Open de France returns to European Tour plan

FILE Photograph: Britain Golfing – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Club, Virginia H2o, Surrey, England

FILE Photograph: Britain Golfing – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Club, Virginia H2o, Surrey, England – 29/5/16 CEO of the PGA European Tour Keith Pelley speaks throughout the presentation Mandatory Credit score: Motion Illustrations or photos / Andrew Boyers Livepic

(Reuters) – The Open de France will return to the European Tour calendar and get place from Could 6-9 right after staying cancelled previous calendar year due to the fact of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers explained on Monday.

Continental Europe’s oldest national Open, 1st performed in 1906, will have a prize fund of 1.5 million euros ($1.81 million) and will be played for the 19th consecutive event at Le Golf Countrywide, near Paris.

The European Tour and the French Golf Federation (FFG) have held talks with govt authorities with the intention of staging the party without spectators.

The party will be the fourth match in a five-week spring stretch on European soil concerning the initially two key championships of 2021 — the Masters Match and U.S. PGA Championship.

“As well as becoming component of a travel-friendly operate in Europe at that time of the yr, the match also helps us celebrate the great heritage of the countrywide Opens on the European Tour,” European Tour main executive Keith Pelley explained.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru enhancing by Clare Fallon