DUBAI Dec 5 Next year's Indian Masters has been
postponed because of the global financial downturn and security
concerns, organisers said on Friday.
The European Tour Event was due to be staged at Delhi Golf
Club from February 5.
"We have done everything possible to ensure that the second
edition of the Indian Masters was played in 2009, but with this
tournament we considered that the current economic uncertainty
coupled with security concerns made it impossible for us to
present the tournament in the manner that we would wish to for
world class golfers," said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman
and CEO of 'golf in Dubai' - the promoters and organisers of the
$2.5 miilion event.
George O'Grady, chief executive of The European Tour, said
he hoped the tournament would return in 2010.
"We share with 'golf in Dubai' their disappointment that the
Indian Masters will not be played in 2009. We understand,
however, the economic challenges they face with title
India was rocked last week when a three-day siege in Mumbai
by militants killed 171 people.
(editing by Justin Palmer)