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The European Tour, which finally got underway with the Austrian Open, a dual ranked event on the European and European Challenge Tours, has announced two more events with the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters at the iconic Real Club Valderrama from September 3-6 to be immediately followed by the Portugal Masters at the event at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, from September 10-13.
Before the suspension of various events due to Covid-19, the Estrella Damm was originally scheduled for April 30 and the Portugal Masters was to be held in October.
The European Tour returned this week with two dual-ranking events in Austria – the Austrian Open and Euram Bank Open. The six event UK Swing is next before the action moves to Spain and Portugal, continuing the strategy of playing in regional clusters.
The tournaments in Spain and Portugal will be governed by the Tour’s comprehensive Health Strategy, which has been developed by Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Murray in consultation with health care specialists Cignpost and advisors in many of the 30 countries in which the European Tour plays.
They will also be underpinned by the European Tour’s new ‘Golf for Good’ initiative which aims to support communities where the European Tour plays, reward true heroes, such as frontline workers, and promote the many health benefits that golf offers.
Peter Adams, Championship Director of both the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters and Portugal Masters, said: “We can’t wait to return to Valderrama and Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course for the rescheduled events.
The reshaped 2020 season also includes four Rolex Series events; the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and BMW PGA Championship in October, followed by the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player on December 3-6 and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, on December 10-13, where the 2020 Race to Dubai Champion will be crowned.