Indian Open golf tournament postponed due to coronavirus


The event was supposed to take place at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)
The event was supposed to take place at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Indian Open has been postponed due to the coronavirus threat, the European Tour and Asian Tour announced on Wednesday.

The event had been due to take place on March 19-22 at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, New Delhi.

Organisers said they were looking into the possibility of rescheduling the tournament later in the year.

The move follows the previous cancellations of the China Open, Maybank Championship and Kenya Open.

The next regular European Tour event, the Andalucia Masters, is due to start on April 30.

Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: “In these difficult global circumstances, we fully understand and appreciate the recent restrictions introduced in respect of travel into India.

“As these new measures now prevent many members of both Tours being able to play in the tournament. Everyone involved in the staging of the Hero Indian Open felt it was the correct decision to postpone the tournament.”

Cho Minn Thant, Asian Tour commissioner and CEO, said: “We will continue to take advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local health authorities while monitoring the situation in relation to the possibility of rescheduling the event later in the year.”