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European Tour reverses itself on spectators at Scottish Open

After Scotland reports a record number of positive coronavirus cases and updates its national guidelines, the tour opts to halt a pilot program that would have allowed up to 650 fans next week

Reversed: By the European Tour, its intention to welcome spectators to next week’s Scottish Open. The tour reacted to a change Wednesday in the Scottish government’s COVID-19 guidelines after the nation reported its highest one-day total of positive cases, 486, since the start of the pandemic. Last week, the tour announced that it would allow a limited number of spectators, up to 650, at the Scottish Open. It would have been the first event with spectators since the season restarted in July after a four-month shutdown because of the global coronavirus pandemic. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called the latest numbers “a real cause for concern.” The Scottish Open will be played Oct. 1-4 at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. Beginning with this week’s Irish Open at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena, Northern Ireland (tee times), the European Tour will play four consecutive events in the British Isles on its revised 2020 schedule.

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