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Next week’s Hong Kong Open has been postponed amid security fears as a result of the ongoing political crisis in the region.

The move was announced by the tour’s chief executive Keith Pelley this morning. It is hoped that an alternative date early in 2020 can be found for the tournament.

“The decision has been taken due to the ongoing
level of social unrest in Hong Kong,” said Pelley. “As the safety of our players,
staff, stakeholders and everyone involved in each and every one of our
tournaments around the world is our top priority, we feel this is the
correct, but unfortunate, course of action.

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“The European Tour
thanks everyone at the Hong Kong Golf Association, the Hong Kong Golf
Club and all persons associated with the Hong Kong Open for their hard
work in endeavouring to stage the tournament and we look forward to
hopefully returning early next year.”

Cho Minn Thant,
Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour, which co-sanctions the event with the European Tour, added: “It is
regrettable that the Hong Kong Open has to be postponed due to the
ongoing unrest in the city.


“The unpredictability of the current
situation in Hong Kong makes it very challenging to sanction the
tournament especially with the safety of everyone of utmost importance.
However, we are optimistic that once the situation in Hong Kong
stabilises, we will be in a better position to sanction the 61st edition
of the Hong Kong Open in the very near future.”

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The Hong Kong
Open, played at Fanling CC, has been a near permanent fixture on the
tour schedule since 2001, only sitting out one year in 2016.

It counts Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington among its former winners.

England’s Aaron Rai won the most recent edition last year, holding off fellow countryman Matt Fitzpatrick to win by a shot.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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