The Sunshine Tour has welcomed the announcement that from Monday 11 October South Africa will be removed from the red list for entering the United Kingdom, calling it a significant milestone in the return to normality for professional golf.
â€œThis is a major step forward for the large number of Sunshine Tour professionals that we have playing on the European Tour, and who have found it increasingly difficult to travel during this time,â€ said Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.
â€œTravel is a critical component of professional golf. A number of our members have been unable to take up the full opportunities theyâ€™ve earned to play in tournaments in the United Kingdom or on the European Tour because of these travel restrictions.
â€œMany of our professionals also base themselves in the United Kingdom or travel through there as part of their European Tour schedule, and these restrictions have been a major challenge for them.
â€œWe are grateful for the work of the South African government in campaigning for South Africa to be removed from the red list as it also plays a significant role in the co-sanctioned tournaments we host with the European Tour on our schedule.
â€œThis is indeed a big step towards returning to normality in professional golf.â€