Just as the European Tour’s first U.K. Swing draws to a close this week with the U.K. Championship at The Belfry, the next one continues to grow. Tour officials announced on Friday that following the Irish Open at Galgorm Castle (Sept. 24-27), the Scottish Open at Renaissance Club (Oct. 1-4) and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (Oct. 8-11), the first-ever Scottish Championship at the Fairmont St. Andrews has been added for Oct. 15-18 to complete a four-week run.
That wasn’t the only news of new tournaments coming to the 2020 schedule. Later in October, the Old World circuit will make its maiden visit to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Two events at the Aphrodite Hills Resort—the Cyprus Open (Oct. 29-Nov. 1) and the Cyprus Classic (Nov. 5-8)—will go halfway to plugging what was, following the expected cancelation of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, a month-long gap between the BMW PGA and the Masters in mid-November.
Less happily, however, the Italian Open, currently scheduled to be played Oct. 22-25, remains without a venue. And tour officials announced the long-expected cancellations of the Turkish Airlines Open and what would have been the 40th Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in South Africa.via Golf Digest
What a time to be a fan of the European Tour! Not only do we add to the 2nd British Isles Swing, but we also an addition to the Old World circuit! Now I don’t know much about golf in Cyprus, but the course at Aphrodite Hills looks AMAZING!
We will get to see back-to-back weeks on this course, and I have to say it looks like we will see some amazing views and great golf!
The introduction of the Scottish Championship is great for the game as well. I think adding to the British Isles Swing (not calling it UK since Ireland is in there) will help many golfers play up where golf was invented. I’ve always felt that playing a links course can really bring the best out of a player and challenge them in ways non-Links courses can’t. Adding the Fairmount St. Andrews to the list will do exactly that.
But with this good news, we also see the bad. Unfortunately, the Italian Open may not happen this year, and Turkish Open and Nedbank Golf Challenge have already been cancelled. While it’s unfortunate, I know that both of these tournaments will be back, and hopefully the Italian Open can go on as scheduled. It sucks that COVID has taken these away, but let’s hope we can all fight this and bring these tournaments back in 2021!