The Avantha Masters in India is set to be the latest event to be scrapped from the European Tour. "Given the current economic conditions, the Avantha Group has concluded that this is not the appropriate moment to do so and has therefore not renewed its contract with the European Tour," Avantha said in a statement.
"We haven't awarded the slot reserved for Masters (March 20-23) to anyone; If a corporate approaches us in time, it's still possible," a European Tour spokesman said.
Am I hearing this right? Did the European Tour just say “We haven’t AWARDED. If a corporate APPROACHES US?” Is that the language of a pro active Tour, getting up off their arses and working hard morning until night to knock on door to find new sponsors and tournaments? I think not. If they sit back and let this wash over them, the European Tour is only going one way.