European Open’s uncertain

European Open’s uncertain

The European Open is a European Tour golf tournament. Founded in 1978. do not make plans yet to see it back at The London Club next year – or anywhere else.

Tour chief executive George O’Grady has described the immediate future of the tournament as “very uncertain”, although he is hopeful that talks with a sponsor for 2011 and beyond will bear fruit.

“We’re at an advanced stage, but I’ve learnt that nothing is certain until you sign contracts,” he said.

With no word at the moment of the British Masters reappearing on the schedule – it was planned for this September, but had to be cancelled – and the return of the English Open at St Mellion put off until 2011, next season might see just one event in England.

That is the Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship on May 20-23 at Wentworth, where in addition to all 18 greens being dug up and relaid a ditch has been added on the famous final hole to toughen it up.

Although the 2010 schedule has not been released beyond April’s US Masters yet, Scotland is again shaping up to have four tournaments.

They would be the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond in July followed a week later by The Open at St Andrews, the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August, which would once again the final qualifying event for the Ryder Cup, and the Dunhill Links Championship back at the Home of Golf, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in October.

Celtic Manor has both the Wales Open at the start of June and, of course, the Ryder Cup on October 1-3, while the 3 Irish Open is moving to Killarney and to a later date of July 29-August 1.