Irish golfers pull out of Joburg Open after new Covid-19 variant in South Africa

Irish Mirror   26/11/2021 09:09

All four Irish golfers have pulled out of the Joburg Open in South Africa amid concerns of a new Covid-19 variant.

Paul Dunne, Cormac Sharvin, Niall Kearney and Jonathan Caldwell all withdrew from the tournament with immediate effect and players were told that they could withdraw without consequence.

The new Covid-19 variant has sparked concern with the EU set to propose a travel ban for a number of South African countries including South Africa while the UK's travel ban is set to come into effect at midday today.

And with the DP World Tour event being hosted at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, the four Irish golfers opted to drop out.

And Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland, Paul Dunne said: "I'm not sure everyone is aware. I went to bed early last night and was up early this morning and didn't really look at my phone until I had three holes to finish in the first round.

"When I came in I had messages from everyone asking if I was going to go to the airport or stay and play and. I think a few people are on the course without having a real idea what's going on.

"I think some people are finding it hard, people can't get a flight until Sunday evening and the only flights available are through Ethiopia. Bit of a minefield at the minute."

He added: "I'm going back to Dubai, I'm based in Dubai this winter and I'll be back for Christmas. When I looked up flights on Sky Scanner they had a warning saying entry may be prohibited so it sounds like they are getting ready to follow suit as well."

The Munster Rugby team are currently over in South Africa for a URC game against the Bulls this weekend but provided apositive update.

Munster Rugby provided an update on Friday morning, saying: "We all are safe & well in Pretoria. We are working with URC on the ongoing situation relating to Covid-19 & will provide an update once we know more #MunsterInSA"

Get the latest sports headlines straight to your inbox by signing up for free email alerts

Cookie Settings