Fans barred as Scottish Open test event scrapped
Deflated: no fans will be allowed next week (pic: Terry Murden)
Plans to allow spectators to watch next week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open have been scrapped.
Organisers had agreed with the Scottish Government that 650 spectators could attend the Saturday and Sunday sessions of the European Tour event at The Renaissance Club in East Lothian.
But the planned ‘test event’ has been abandoned in the light of new measures to tightening up Covid controls.
In a statement, the European Tour said: “In light of the recent update to the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 guidelines, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will now be played without spectators.
“A robust and thorough plan had been put in place, in close collaboration with the Scottish Government, to welcome a limited number of spectators over the weekend at the Renaissance Club as part of a series of pilot sporting and cultural events being considered in Scotland to help support the return of the public.
“However, in line with the consistent approach now being taken in Scotland and across the UK to pause pilot events, the tournament will now return to a closed-door model and all ticket holders have been contacted separately with details of the refund process.
“We thank our tournament partners Aberdeen Standard Investments, VisitScotland and the Scottish Government for their collaboration.
“We also thank the Scottish golf fans who had purchased tickets for the event and look forward to welcoming them back in future years.”
There have been test events at football and rugby matches but no further events are planned.