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No disruption to tours despite war threat

Golf's European Tour plans to carry on its normal schedule despite the imminent threat of war in Iraq, beginning with this week's Madeira Island Open which starts on Thursday.

Mitchell Platts, who is director of corporate affairs and public relations for the Tour, said: ``We have a full field of 144 players for the Madeira Island Open and tournament competition will continue with the US Masters, followed by the Algarve Open de Portugal on April 17-20.''

Last week's Qatar Masters also had a full field despite 50 withdrawals, while world number one Tiger Woods withdrew from the preceding Dubai Desert Classic due to safety fears in the region.

However, with the European Tour now reaching mainland Europe, it appears unlikely that there will be any disruption to the tournament schedule.


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