European Tour

European Tour boss warns of a different world after Covid-19

2020-04-15 14:09
Keith Pelley
Keith Pelley (PA/Supplied)

European Tour CEO Keith Pelley warned of slashed prize funds and a hectic schedule if golf should resume in 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the sporting schedule and golf is no exception. In fact, with the nature of players having to travel to a different destination each weekend, the future of gold is uncertain.

Pelley alluded to these issues in a recent email, which was revealed by The Telegraph.

"[The] infrastructure of tournaments could look radically different from what you have been used to," said Pelley.

"Many of the things you have become accustomed to, such as top-class players' lounges or courtesy car services will most likely assume a different appearance, if indeed they are present at all.

"Prize funds will also most likely be different. The reality is, the pandemic is going to have a profound impact on the tour financially, as well as many of our partners, both in sponsorship and broadcast areas."

Pelley added that they are looking at several options to cram in as much of the tournament schedule as possible should the season resume. So far, 14 events have been cancelled or postponed altogether.

"We are looking at options such as (a) multiple tournaments in the same location; (b) two tournaments in the same week, or three in a fortnight; or (c) three or four tournaments back-to-back in the UK with a 14-day 'quarantine' period ahead of that," he continued.

"[This would] allow players not from the UK to come over and self-isolate in advance, if that health requirement is still in place then."

- TEAMtalk media

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