All the key questions answered about the English Open’s return
The English Open is set to return to the European Tour calendar this summer after an 18-year absence.
Here, the PA news agency explains more about the tournament.
What is the English Open?
The English Open is a European Tournament that was held between 1988 and 2002 at a variety of courses, starting at the Belfry and finishing at the Forest of Arden. It was cancelled due to the Tour’s ambition to become more global and a planned revival in 2011 was aborted due to lack of funds. Past winners have included Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie.
Why has it been brought back?
It has been added to the calendar as part of a six-week British swing that will mark the return of competitive golf following the coronavirus outbreak. The Tour is trying to fill holes left by the four-month absence caused by the global pandemic.
When and where will it be played?
The English Open will resume at Forest of Arden, near Birmingham. The par-72 course, designed by Donald Steel, will test players from July 30 to August 2. The staging of the event will be subject to strict testing and dependent on the Government lifting the two-week quarantine currently imposed on people entering the country.
Will it be played behind closed doors?
There will be no fans allowed into any of the rescheduled European Tour events and it will be a controlled environment. All six events will be televised on Sky Sports.
Who could compete?
Tour officials have confirmed that the tournament will be a full 144-man field.
Rhys Enoch two shots off Tenerife lead after stunning start ends in opening 65
Francesco Laporta leads the way at the Canary Islands Championship on nine under par.
Can Justin Thomas replicate his 2017 PGA Championship winning form at Quail Hollow this week?
The 28-year-old found success playing the course in August but hasn’t been able to repeat it in May.
Rory McIlroy goes back to happy hunting ground as he looks for a return to form
The former world number one is 15th in the rankings as he prepares for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
Rory McIlroy ‘very much against’ breakaway golf circuit
The Northern Irishman said he had first been contacted about the idea in 2014.
Tributes planned to mark 10-year anniversary of Seve Ballesteros’ death
The great died at the age of 54 following a battle with cancer.
Top players chase records not dollars – Webb Simpson dismisses breakaway plan
Simpson said there were ‘too many unknowns’ for a Premier Golf League to work.
Can Quail Hollow work its magic on Rory McIlroy again and revive his flagging form?
The Northern Irishman has a strong relationship with the host of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen out in front in Tenerife
Von Dellingshausen added a second round of 62 to his opening 64 to reach 16 under par.
Is Bryson DeChambeau a good bet to defend his US Open title in June?
Golf’s biggest hitter devised the perfect strategy to win at Winged Foot – but can he do the same at Torrey Pines?
John Catlin one-shot off lead at Tenerife Open after threatening to record 59
The American had covered his first 13 holes in 10 under but finished with an opening round of 63.