The Portugal Masters was postponed in April owing to Covid-19 restrictions, but it has since been reinstated on the European Tour calendar; the Mallorca Golf Open has also been reintroduced, and the Dubai Desert Classic will be a Rolex Series tournament beginning in 2022.
The Volvo China Open, which will not be sanctioned this year owing to ongoing concerns with Covid-19, has been reintroduced to the European Tour calendar at the expense of the Portugal Masters.
The €1.5 million tournament was supposed to take place in April at Vilamoura’s Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, but travel difficulties caused by the global pandemic forced it to be postponed.
It will now be held from November 4 to 7, taking the place of the Volvo China Open, which will now be held as a national event exclusively this year owing to coronavirus issues and will not be included in the Race to Dubai calendar.
We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming some of the world’s finest golfers to Dom Pedro Victoria Course, for the prestigious 15th edition of Portugal Masters, from November 4-7 🏌🏼♂️⛳️
— Dom Pedro Golf (@Dompedrogolf) September 3, 2021
Following the news on Thursday that the Mallorca Golf Open would take place from October 21-24, creating a three-tournament Iberian Swing, the event is one of two added to the European Tour schedule.
The tournament will be held at Golf Santa Ponsa, and will be the first European Tour event in Mallorca since Darren Clarke won the Iberdrola Open in 2011. It will take the place of the Trophee Hassan II, which was cancelled.
Following yesterday’s announcement of the Mallorca Golf Open, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said, “We are thrilled to confirm the rescheduled Portugal Masters as we continue to alter the conclusion of our season.”
“While we are disappointed that the Volvo China Open will not be sanctioned this year, we have long-standing connections with Volvo and the China Golf Association, and we look forward to that event returning to our schedule in 2022.”
The European Tour also announced this week that the Dubai Desert Classic would join the Rolex Series for the first time in 2022, following the signing of a new title sponsorship contract with technology company Slync.io.
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