Pepperell: "European Tour planning 3 or 4 UK-based golf events"

Eddie Pepperell reveals all to Sky Sports Golf...

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Tue, 12 May 2020
Pepperell: "European Tour planning 3 or 4 UK-based golf events"

Eddie Pepperell has told Sky Sports Golf that the European Tour is planning to host "three or four UK-based events" when the circuit resumes competition. 

The PGA Tour will restart its schedule at the Charles Schwab Challenge from June 11 to 14, but the European Tour is not expected to tee up again until the British Masters at the end of July.



"I've heard similar rumours in that there's going to be three or four UK-based events to begin with," Pepperell told The Golf Show on Sky Sports today.

"My understanding is that they would be based at golf clubs or locations whereby there are hotels on site and it could be somewhat more manageable.

"There would be no support staff and this type of thing. That's my understanding as of the plan at the moment. It could be a little bit inaccurate, but I think that's somewhere in the ballpark we're hoping to get to as a Tour.

"From my perspective that's obviously a good thing, because I live in the UK. But also for the guys from Europe, they can travel here, deal with the quarantine period for the week or two before and then stay here for four weeks.

"It makes a lot of sense and I think it's as good as an option as we've got at the moment, as we haven't got any really great options. There'll be some interesting scenarios potentially thrown up."

Pepperell, who plays both the European Tour and PGA Tour, also revealed how any player who tests positive for coronavirus will automatically be disqualified from competition. 

"I saw a memo that went out to caddies on the PGA Tour, outlining a number of things," said Pepperell.

"One interesting thing that stood out to me was that if a PGA Tour player gets tested positive then they will be disqualified and asked to quarantine in that state for 14 days.

"That will throw up some really interesting scenarios and that might mean that foreign players have to question whether they will want to travel with that risk. I know I would reconsider it."