Johann Rupert, the driving force behind the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, has backed the decision to call off this year's $5 million tournament in Scotland.
The call has been made by the championship committee in conjunction with the European Tour due to its scale and the complexities of the pro-am format at three venues - Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews - making it difficult to deliver under current Covid-19 restrictions.
It will be the first time there has not been an event at St Andrews in the autumn under the Dunhill banner for 35 years.
The Dunhill Cup, a popular team tournament, was established at the Old Course in 1985 and ran until 2000, when it was replaced by the pro-am event.
Rupert, the chairman and chief executive of Richemont, Dunhill's parent company, will be among those missing out on what is normally one of the highlights of the European Tour season, both on and off the course.
But, responding on social media to The Scotsman breaking the news about the imminent cancellation, he said it was the right decision in the current climate.
"The Scottish Government is doing an exemplary job at combating the spread of the virus - I feel safe playing golf in Scotland," wrote Rupert, an R&A member, in a post on Twitter.
"We therefore do not want to take the risk of one of our 300+ participants inadvertently bringing the Covid-19 virus back to St Andrews."
It is understood that European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley is looking to fill the slot immediately before the rescheduled Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club with another event.
That could either be a tournament that was postponed earlier in the year or a new event.
A message from the Editor:Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.scotsman.com/subscriptions now to sign up.
Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.
Joy YatesEditorial Director