'Stupid idea' to play in Korea, says Alvaro Quiros

Alvaro Quiros
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The political instability on the Korean peninsula is affecting Alvaro Quiros' travel plans.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, April 05, 2013 | 1:59 p.m.

No tour hopscotches the globe like the European Tour, and most of its players have embraced the circuit's worldwide reach.

That doesn't mean every player is happy to go to every tournament, however.

It would be "a stupid idea" to play at the Ballantine's Championship in Incheon, South Korea, later this month, says Spanish star Alvaro Quiros, because of the growing political tension on the Korean peninsula.

The first five editions of the Ballantine's Championship have been well received, despite the relative remoteness of host venue Blackstone Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of Seoul. But the big-hitting Spaniard definitely won't be around for the sixth, which is set for April 25-28. 

"I'm not going to play in Korea," the six-time European Tour winner told Reuters. "I don't think it's a good moment to go there – it would be a stupid idea with the way things are. I don't want to mess with my life just to play in a golf tournament."

Asia has been rattled in recent weeks by warnings from North Korea that a military conflict was inevitable because of sanctions the United Nations has imposed because of its nuclear activities. North Korea has declared war on South Korea and even threatened to strike targets in the United States.

While Quiros will sit this one out, the tournament won't be short on stars. Already committed are PGA Tour stars Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson, along with former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen. Dustin Johnson also played at Incheon in 2011 but missed last year with a back injury. Zach Johnson will be playing his first pro event in Asia.