The 1998 Compaq European Grand Prix was officially cancelled on Sunday following excessive rain which waterlogged the Slaley Hall course.
Mike Stewart, Tournament Director, explained: “Due to the condition of the golf course, and the anticipated weather prospects for Sunday afternoon and Monday, there was no possibility of play in order to complete 36 holes. We therefore had no option but to cancel the tournament.
“The conditions are due to the excessive rain fall over the past two weeks (61.4 mm over the 14 days compared to the average of 50.2 mm for the month of June). Indeed it is remarkable that any play whatsoever was possible.
“Naturally, we are very disappointed that we have had to cancel the tournament. It’s very unfortunate because the golf course was quite clearly in the best condition it’s ever been, and that speaks volumes for the superb efforts of the greenkeepers and the staff.
“We discussed re-scheduling, but it was not an option because it would be very difficult for the various different groups involved. While it might be relatively easy for ourselves and the players to reschedule, it would not be easy for television, the hotel, sponsors and the course.
It is the first time in the history of the European Tour that a tournament has been cancelled, but weather forecaster Danny Jones pointed out: “The run up to the Compaq European Grand Prix was certainly wet, with April seeing nearly three and a half times its average rainfall (151.8 mm, with average 44.8 mm at Newcastle), May having one and three quarters its average (86.6 mm as opposed to 48.9 mm) and in June with the average for the month being 50.2 mm, 61.4 mm fell within the first two weeks.”
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