Italian duo hit out after "coronavirus" withdrawal

Edoardo Molinari

Italian duo Edoardo Molinari and Lorenzo Gagli have hit out at the European Tour’s decision to withdraw them from this week’s Oman Open over fears that they may have the coronavirus.

The pair were approached by a doctor from the European Tour on Wednesday, who informed them of the news – a decision described by Gagli as “inexplicable”.

“Only us two have been excluded from the tournament but I arrived in Muscat last Sunday and over the last few days I've worked out in the gym with dozens of other players,” the 34-year-old told Italian newspaper La Nazione.

• Koepka 'not in golf to make friends'

• Scots golf hotel to open with EYE-WATERING prices

“I ate with them and travelled by bus with them. If there was a risk of contagion, then they would have to isolate dozens of golfers and cancel the tournament.”

• Reputable English club suffers SHOCKING vandalism

Molinari, a three-time European Tour winner and the older brother of 2018 Open champion Francesco, echoed his compatriot’s sentiments.

• gWest owner breaks his silence

• Motocaddy unveils world's first touch-screen trolley

The coronavirus has caused the cancellation of several golf tournaments, including the Volvo China Open. However, this is the first instance of players being withdrawn from a tournament.

Italy has suffered a significant outbreak of the virus in the last few weeks, with more than 400 confirmed cases – the most of any country outside Asia.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
Get a better hip turn, play better golf | IMG Academy
lessons
play button
How to hit the golf ball straighter in just 2 MINUTES!
lessons
play button
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTERS (2020)
Scotty Cameron
play button
OLD DRIVER VS NEW DRIVER - TaylorMade SIM vs TaylorMade Original One
TaylorMade
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

6 things we learned from Tiger Woods’ Memorial press conference
A brief history of Opens at St Andrews
Study finds BAME groups interested in golf but don't feel welcome
Second UK golf club closes its doors following lockdown
PGA Tour provides update on fans at tournaments

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Good fundamentals are key to a good golf swing
Watch
play button
Let your arms and shoulders work together
Watch
play button
Get your takeaway right
Watch
play button
Use your height to maximum effect
Callaway
See all videos right arrow