The Andalucia Masters at Valderrama has been cancelled with the European Tour confirming the news today.
The tournament, set to commence on 18-21 October, has been cancelled without a reason given yet and the late call-off comes as a surprise.
Sergio Garcia won the tournament last year and the Spaniard will not get the chance to defend his trophy in his homeland.
The local Andalucian authorities announced on Monday that the tournament would not go ahead and they have now relayed the news formally to the European Tour.
“The European Tour regrets to announce that the 2012 Andalucia Masters, due to be played at the Club de Golf Valderrama, Sotogrande, on 18-21 October, will now be cancelled.
“The Junta de Andalucia confirmed this decision by letter which they also announced by a press release on Monday September 10th.
“Despite discussions with the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, and a formal legal agreement with the Junta de Andalucia, the tournament will not take place.”
Chief executive of the European Tour, George O’Grady, is disappointed at the news of the cancellation and he said steps would be taken to get the tournament back on the calendar in the future.
“This is extremely disappointing news to receive, especially at such a late date,” said O’Grady.
“We have been long-term partners with the Junta for over 25 years.
“We have worked together to promote the region, and the Junta de Andalucia and The European Tour have enjoyed an exceptionally strong and committed long-term partnership.
“We feel the disappointment not only for our Members and all committed to broadcasting and reporting this tournament and the region on a global scale, but also for the many visitors, especially from northern Europe, who coincide their vacations with the tournament.
“We will work with the Junta to rectify this situation both now and in the future.”