Storms postpone Estoril Open de Portugal
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
February storms in the Mediterranean have forced the European Tour to postpone the Estoril Open de Portugal.
The tournament, originally scheduled for April 1-4, is now set for June 10-13.
The Portuguese coast was hit late February with winds up to 87 mph, leaving over 50 dead along the storm’s path, from Portugal through Spain, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Some of those deaths came in the area of the event site, the Penha Longa Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in Linho Sintra, Estoril, which also saw a significant amount of destruction.
The European Tour decided to re-slot the event to the date of the Austrian Golf Open. The Austrian Golf Open was moved to the TBA spot in the schedule, Sept. 16-19.
Said Duarte Nobre Guedes, president of Turismo Estoril: “Penha Longa has undergone an extensive refurbishment program and the date change will ensure the course is played in excellent condition. The new June date will help promote this spectacular region just ahead of the summer holiday season, and we are delighted to have been afforded the opportunity to play the Estoril Open de Portugal during this important week.”