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European Tour postpones event scheduled the same week as Detroit's RMC

The Associated Press
Crowds watch Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and England's Aaron Rai at the 2018  Irish Open in Ireland. The 2020 Irish Open has been postponed.

The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest.

The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.

The PGA Tour has canceled all events through mid-April with the Masters also called off. The Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club is scheduled for May 28-31, the same weekend as the postponed Irish Open.

On March 13, the RMC said in a statement that “we are monitoring developments with the PGA Tour while remaining in constant contwith local, state and national health officials.”

The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny.

Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled.

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.”