Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

17.00 30 Mar 2020


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The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has become the latest golf event to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The European Tour confirmed the move on Monday afternoon.

Mount Juliet was due to host this year's Irish Open between May 28 and 31, with the tournament hosted by Graeme McDowell.

It means the earliest the European Tour will resume is at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on the first weekend in June.

Tour officials remain hopeful that the Irish Open can be rescheduled later in the year.

European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley said, "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.

"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."

The Irish Open becomes the eighth European Tour event to be postponed, while the Masters, the US PGA Championship have also been put back to later in the year.

Tournament host Graeme McDowell admits he's disappointed but, "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."


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