The Indian Masters, co-sanctioned by The European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) has been postponed until at least 2010 amidst ‘economic uncertainty and security concerns’ in the Indian capital.
The event was due to be held on February 5-8 at Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi, India as part of the The 2009 European Tour International Schedule – the venue of the inaugural event back in February 2008.
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, Vice Chairman and CEO of ‘Golf in Dubai’, said: “We have done everything possible to ensure that the second edition of the Indian Masters was played in 2009 but with this tournament we considered that the current economic uncertainty coupled to security concerns made it impossible for us to present the tournament in the manner that we would wish to for world class golfers.
The 2008 tournament was the first on The European Tour to be played in India and provided the home players an opportunity to hone their competitive skills in the company of some of the world’s finest players. The debut winner was Indian Shiv Chowrasia who beat off the likes of Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn to win the event nine-under.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We share with ‘Golf in Dubai’ their disappointment that the Indian Masters will not be played in 2009. We understand, however, the economic challenges they face with title sponsorship and we are optimistic that this event which was such a success when first played in 2008 at the superb Delhi Golf Club will return to the schedule in 2010 co-sanctioned by The European Tour, the Asian Tour and the PGTI.”
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