Madrid Masters cancelled over lack of sponsor money in struggling Spain

Lee Slattery at the Madrid Masters
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Lee Slattery won the 2011 Madrid Masters, but won't have a chance to defend this title this fall.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | 12:11 p.m.

MADRID -- The Madrid Masters has been removed from the European Tour's calendar due to a lack of funding.

Tournament spokeswoman Maria Acacia Lopez-Bachiller tells The Associated Press that no sponsors for the Sept. 20-23 event were found to replace Bankia, the bailed-out Spanish bank that previously sponsored the tournament.

Acacia Lopez-Bachiller says ''organizers are hoping to find new sponsorship to bring the tournament back next year. It's a shame, but the situation in Spain has left it this way.''

Acacia Lopez-Bachiller adds ''at the moment the Andalucia Masters is on.'' That European Tour event, with a prize fund of $3.7 million, is scheduled for Oct. 18-21 at a yet-to-be-determined location.

The Castellon Masters is another Spanish tournament that has been removed from this year's schedule.