Iberdrola Open in Mallorca canceled, no sponsor
AGADIR, Morocco (AP)
British Open champion Darren Clarke and Javier Ballesteros, the son of the late Seve Ballesteros, have been denied the chance to compete in Mallorca because the Iberdrola Open in May was canceled.
The Iberdrola Open was to take place from May 10-13 but Keith Waters, the chief operating officer with the European Tour, said it couldn't survive without a sponsor.
''It's just a reflection of the tough economic times everyone is facing at present,'' Waters said.
Clarke's three-shot success at Pula Golf Club ended a three-year winless drought and eventually led to success two months later in the British Open at Royal St. Georges.
Ballesteros, the 21-year old son of Seve Ballesteros who plays off a handicap of 0.0, was invited by tournament host Jose Maria Olazabal to tee up as an amateur and on the one-year anniversary of his father's passing.
''It's a bit disappointing as I was looking forward to playing in Mallorca,'' Ballesteros said.
Ballesteros, whose younger brother Manuel plays off a handicap of 3.5, indicated he has two years remaining for a law degree and will then consider whether he will turn professional.
''I'm still not sure what I am going to do,'' he said. ''I am playing some amateur tournaments in Spain and I will probably play about 10 big amateur tournaments this year.''
Despite being a son of one of the greatest golfers, Ballesteros indicated he feels no such pressure when competing.
''No, I feel no pressure on me and for the moment I just try to go out there and play for fun,'' he said.
The Maderia Islands Open in Portugal was moved to replace the Iberdrola Open.