The European Tour has lost another high-profile event after it was confirmed the Omega European Masters has been cancelled.

The Swiss government announced new guidelines on Thursday evening which extended the restrictions of mass gatherings at any events, and tournament organisers have been forced to abandon plans to stage this year’s edition.

Soderberg won a five-man play-off which included Rory McIlroy

Sebastian Soderberg won the title last year following a dramatic five-man play-off which also featured Rory McIlroy, the Swede landing his maiden European Tour title at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps.

The Swede was due to defend his title in the final week of August, but he will now be in possession for the trophy for an extra 12 months.

A tweet from the official tournament account read: “It’s now official. Following the government’s regulations, the Omega European Masters 2020 is cancelled. Take care and see you in 2021.”

The next tournament on the European Tour schedule remains the British Masters at Close House, which is due to start on July 30, but the event going ahead would be subject to travel restrictions around Europe.

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