Date set for postponed Hong Kong Open golf

The Hong Kong Open golf tournament has been scheduled for a January timeslot after it was postponed because of pro-democracy protests.

06-Dec-2019 By Australian Associated Press

The Hong Kong Open golf tournament, which was postponed last month amid violence from escalating anti-government protests, will go ahead in January but without sanctioning by the European Tour.

The former British colony has been racked by six months of pro-democracy protests, sparked by a now-withdrawn China extradition bill, but which widened into calls for greater democratic freedoms.

The tournament, which had been scheduled to be played from November 28 to December 1, would now be held at Hong Kong Golf Club from January 9 to January 12.

"While we are unable to sanction this edition of the Hong Kong Open due to other tournament commitments, we are delighted to retain an integral role in staging one of Hong Kong's best-loved sporting events," European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley said in a statement.

"We very much look forward to returning next November when the 62nd Hong Kong Open will kick off our 2021 European Tour season."

The 120-player field event will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Hong Kong Golf Association.

Several other sporting events, including the Hong Kong Tennis Open and the Hong Kong Open squash championships, were cancelled due to the civil unrest in the region.


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