Saturday, 11 July, 2020


British Open Golf Tournament Canceled Over Coronavirus, Masters Moved To Fall

13Th At Augusta National The Open 2020 cancelled as a result of coronavirus pandemic
Noah Ferguson | 06 April, 2020, 23:56

A statement read: "The R&A has chose to cancel The Open in 2020 due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the Championship will next be played at Royal St George's in 2021".

"The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19 July but it has been necessary to cancel the championship based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and the R&A's advisers", organisers R&A said in a statement on Monday. Royal St. George's was scheduled to host the event but will instead do so in July 2021 with St Andrews, the previous 2021 host, sliding back to 2022.

Meanwhile, in North America, the PGA of America has announced the PGA Championship, originally slated for May 14-17, will take place on August 6-9 and will remain at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. The Ryder Cup remains in its original spot the week of September 22.

Much can and will happen between now and November, clearly, but planned dates for one of golf's most celebrated events is still a good sign.

Ridley said organizers have targeted November 9-15 as the possible dates to hold the 2020 Masters, while also announcing the cancellation of the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

In an attempt to salvage a season severely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, golf's leaders released details of a revised schedule Monday with the British Open being canceled altogether and a shift in dates for the remaining three majors.

The cancellations of the Open Championship and Olympic Men's Golf Competition also allow for two other tournaments to replace those holes. Like everything else, it all starts with when golf resumes.

Winged Foot just north of New York City is about 5 miles away from a hot spot for the new coronavirus. For now, it's to stay in NY with a September date.

The U.S. Senior Open at Newport Country Club and the U.S. Senior Women's Open at Brooklawn Country Club in CT have been canceled.

"This is not only exciting news for the TOUR Championship but also the City of Atlanta, which will continue to be positively impacted by the tournament as we welcome the top 30 players in the FedExCup standings back to East Lake Golf Club to compete for the FedExCup", Executive Director Allison Fillmore said.

Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II last week, while Euro 2020 and the Olympics have been pushed back a year until 2021. "Purchasers who no longer wish to (or are no longer able to) attend in 2021 will receive a full refund".

Ireland's Shane Lowry won last year's British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Lowry said in a video tweet he understood and supported the R&A's decision.

"I can assure everyone that we have explored every option for playing The Open this year but it is not going to be possible".

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