The French Golf Federation announced on Wednesday the postponement of the French Open 2021, scheduled for May 6 to 9. They hope the tournament can take place this year.
Canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will the French Golf Open take place in 2021? For the moment, nothing is certain. Scheduled for May 6 to 9 at the Golf National in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the largest French tournament, counting for the European Tour, has been officially postponed this Wednesday. Organizers hope to be able to fit it into the calendar by the end of the season, which ends on November 21 in Dubai. “The organization of any European Tour event involves the displacement of hundreds of people (players, caddies, audiovisual production staff, organizers, officials, media) going to the competition site, from more than 25 different countries. Considering the current health situation in France, it is in a spirit of responsibility that the European Tour and the FFgolf have decided to postpone the organization of the tournament ”, specifies the French Golf Federation.
Pascal Grizot, president of the FFGolf, explains that he did everything to organize the tournament, but that it was impossible: “ We have worked closely with the staff of the European Tour in recent months. Thanks to this constant involvement, we have managed to overcome many obstacles. However, despite this, we believe that in the current health context, it is neither reasonable nor responsible to organize the event in May. We will continue to work hand in hand with the European Tour in order to try to find an alternative date for the French Open, which could allow us to welcome spectators and partners in the best conditions. “
Same story with Keith Pelley, the boss of the European Tour: “ It is clearly disappointing to have to postpone the French Open, especially after the hard work carried out in collaboration between our teams, those of the FFGolf and the many stakeholders involved in the organization of the tournament next May. We believe it was the responsible decision that had to be made. We also had tremendous support from tournament ambassador Grégory Havret and the 12 other French players who had signed up to play at Golf National and we will therefore continue to examine all possible options, in the hope of reschedule the tournament later this season. The European Tour will now consider how to fill the void left in the calendar in May.