European golf circuits to resume in Austria next month

Double-header will offer dual ranking points

Scotland's Callum Hill.
Scotland's Callum Hill.

The European Tour and the Challenge Tour will resume their 2020 seasons with back-to-back dual ranking events in Austria next month.

The Austrian Open at Diamond Country Club, from July 9-12, will mark the return of the Challenge Tour’s Road to Mallorca after a five month pause following the global outbreak of coronavirus.

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It will be followed by the Euram Bank Open at Golf Club Adamstal, which remains in its original slot on the calendar but now begins a day earlier, taking place from July 15-18.

Both tournaments will have prize funds of €500,000 and will be dual-ranking events with the European Tour, which fully resumes its 2020 season with the Betfred British Masters at Close House from July 22-25. Scotland’s Calum Hill won last year’s Euram Bank Open, helping him graduate to the main tour this season.

Jamie Hodges, head of the Challenge Tour, said: “Our measured approach to the 2020 season has mirrored that of the European Tour and we have been informed each step of the way by our Medical Health Strategy, led by our chief medical officer Dr Andrew Murray, aligned to individual government safety advice. Part of this strategy is to play, wherever possible, in clusters in one territory and we are therefore grateful to the Austrian Golf Federation and the two venues for their support in making these events happen.

“We will continue to be guided by the European Tour’s Medical Health Strategy and we will announce details of subsequent 2020 Challenge Tour events in due course.”

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