European Tour pros warned to expect significant changes when golf returns

European Tour players have been warned of the “profound impact” caused by the suspension of golf during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tour’s chief executive, Keith Pelley, has emailed all professional members detailing the significant changes they can expect when competitive golf resumes.

Pelley admits the possibility of reduced prize funds is highly likely, while various tournaments will have decreased infrastructure in a condensed schedule which could feature multiple events being played in the same week.

There has not been a regular event on the European Tour since Jorge Campillo won the Qatar Masters at the beginning of March, and the next scheduled tournament is currently the BMW International Open in late June.

But more postponements and cancellations are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, with Pelley indicating the first week of September as a potential date for tournament golf to return.

The email to players read: “Our tour has enjoyed a significant period of growth in recent years, in terms of prize funds, playing opportunities and the overall standard of our events, as well as our broadcast product.

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