European Tour plan to go ahead with Ballantine's Championship in South Korea

Last Updated: 18/04/13 3:15pm

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Alvaro Quiros: Believes it would be 'stupid' to play in South Korea

Alvaro Quiros: Believes it would be 'stupid' to play in South Korea

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The European Tour are planning to go ahead with next week's Ballantine's Championship in Seoul despite the unrest in the region.

United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea for a nuclear test sparked a period of hostility in the region, although tensions have eased in recent days after the North offered the United States and South Korea conditions for talks.

European Tour's director of international policy Keith Waters said: "We are closely monitoring the political situation in Korea but at the moment we do not perceive any problems in terms of the Ballantine's Championship taking place as scheduled."

Alvaro Quiros revealed last month that he would not be taking part in the event, saying: "I don't think it's a good moment to go there. It would be a stupid idea with the way things are."

But a spokesman for the European Tour insisted: "The Quiros situation is the only one we've had. Conversations have taken place with the players and we've sent messages to reassure them that everything will be run as normal.

"The players are pretty happy with everything that's in place. Damian Turner, our championship manager and staging director, is out there at the moment dealing with the infrastructure and setting up of the tournament.

"He said it is work as usual and the locals are going about their normal day-to-day business. Most of them are showing little interest in what is happening in the North and preparations for the tournament are going well."

Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and American Ryder Cup stars Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson are the star names in the field for the sixth edition of the tournament at the Blackstone Golf and Country Club.

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