It is more than three months since Garrick Porteous teed it up in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in March 2019. However, he is about to resume his professional golf career with three mini tour events before the European Tour resumes on the 22 July 2020.
Garrick is playing in the 2020 Pro Tour at Oulton Hall Golf Club, Leeds on Monday 15th June and at Wakefield Golf Club on Monday 6th July. He is also playing on the Pro Clutch Tour in one of their major events at Hollinwell Golf Club, Nottingham on Monday 29th June. These are all 18-hole events but will be useful for Garrick to get some much-needed practice in a competition.
The European Tour will return to action initially behind closed doors in July and run through until December. All tournaments will be subject to stringent safety and testing protocols set out in the Tour’s comprehensive Health Strategy which will continue to evolve, aligned with international Government guidance and health guidelines.
The first tournament in the ‘UK Swing’ is the Betfred British Masters hosted by Lee Westwood, which will be played at Close House, near Newcastle in the north east of England, from Wednesday July 22 to Saturday July 25 – a week earlier than originally scheduled.
It will be followed by the English Open at the Marriott Forest of Arden and the English Championship at Marriott Hanbury Manor, before The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport hosts back-to-back European Tour tournaments – the Celtic Classic and the Wales Open.
It is a timely return to the south Wales resort as this year also marks the tenth anniversary of Europe’s dramatic victory against the United States in The 2010 Ryder Cup at the same venue.
The UK Swing will then conclude with the UK Championship at The Belfry, another venue rich in Ryder Cup history, having played host to four contests with Europe triumphing in two (1985 and 2002), the US having won in 1993, with the 1989 match ending in a 14-14 tie.
Garrick is really looking forward to the ‘UK Swing’ on the European Tour and getting back into competition. There is plenty of motivation with the first event right at home in the north east of England.