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Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles to be missing from 2014 European Tour

Last Updated: 20/12/12 2:13pm

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Ryder Cup director Richard Hills has revealed the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles will not feature on the European Tour in 2014.

The decision has been taken because the venue is staging the Ryder Cup, but Gleneagles will host the Johnnie Walker Championship again in the summer of 2015.

Hills said: "We are very grateful to the management of both Diageo, the owners of Johnnie Walker, and The Gleneagles Hotel for agreeing to postpone the Johnnie Walker Championship so that preparations for the Ryder Cup can begin as planned in July 2014.

"The magnitude of the Ryder Cup is such that trying to host the Johnnie Walker Championship in the same season would have compromised both events."

Keith Waters, chief operating officer and director of international policy for the European Tour, admitted much thought had gone into the decision.

"We looked at rescheduling the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles to an earlier week on the 2014 schedule but a suitable date could not be found," Waters said.

"But we are delighted all parties have agreed to reschedule the Championship for 2015."

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