The European Tour today confirms that the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco, scheduled to take place from October 21-24, has been cancelled due to ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trophée Hassan II, statement
The decision has been taken following consultation with Association du Trophée Hassan II Organising Committee, led by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam and the Ladies European Tour, with their simultaneous event, the Lalla Meryem Cup, also cancelled.
The European Tour will look to schedule a replacement tournament in the vacated week, but there are no definitive plans as to where that will be at this stage. Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced today the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio.
The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown. “We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell.
“The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events”.
The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.
One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. “The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker.
“I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”