The Madeira Islands Open tournament has been cancelled due to the persistent inclement weather, which has plagued the area all week.
Four days of strong winds, heavy rain and thick fog at the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra course meant the requisite 36 holes could not be completed and a result could not be declared.
A weather warning was issued for Monday warning of strong winds, and it was decided that the tournament be cancelled and all scores null and void.
This event is only the third event in European Tour history to be subject to a cancellation, the Compaq European Grand Prix in 1998, also due to adverse weather, and then the WGC American Express Championship, which was cancelled in the wake of the Islamic terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11 2001, which killed 2,996 people.
The Chief Operating Officer of the European Tour, Keith Waters, said;
“The Madeira Islands Open, Portugal BPI is a hugely important event for The European Tour so it is disappointing for everyone concerned that we have been forced to cancel this week.”
“This tournament has produced some memorable moments down the years and we share a very strong relationship with the hosts and sponsors, so we are already in discussions with the club and the sponsors to reschedule the event for another week in this year’s Race to Dubai schedule.”
“We really appreciate the efforts of those who worked tirelessly this week to make the tournament happen, so we feel we must now make every effort to make sure that the Madeira Islands Open, Portugal BPI takes place this year and that together we can show the world the true potential of this great event and this beautiful island.”
Joachim B Hansen, chasing his first European Tour victory, and has been at the top of the leaderboard all week said it was disappointing, but is looking forward to the Barclays Open in Kenya ;
“It’s definitely disappointing because it would have been nice to put two or three good rounds together, but the weather wouldn’t let us do that.”
“I’ve been playing well for a few weeks now so I’m going home to have some time with my coach and I’m looking forward to Kenya, now.”
“They tried everything they could here. I know José Maria Zamora and everyone here did everything they could to finish this tournament.’
“The greenkeepers worked very hard too, you could see that from the clubhouse, trying to remove the bunkers so it’s a shame we couldn’t finish.”