Open Cancelled – other major golf tournaments rescheduled
The 149th Open Championship has been cancelled, with other majors rescheduled to later in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
With most other large events in the calendar across the world being cancelled or rescheduled at the moment, it may come to no surprise that the Open Golf Championship 2020 has been one of those named to no longer take place this year.
Whilst it is a disappointing announcement, i’m sure it is one we can all get behind, the choice has been made to ensure the safety of all those taking part.
There is a glimmer of hope for the Masters and US PGA Championship though, as they have been rescheduled to later on in the year with hopes that the Coronavirus pandemic would have cleared and social distancing rules relaxed.
The Masters has been put back from April to November, while the US PGA Championship is currently booked for August.
The Open, due to take place in July at Royal St George’s in Kent, will still be hosted by the venue but the competition will begin a year later in 2021.
Competition dates for 2020
- Cancelled: The Open Championship
- 6-9 August: US PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
- 17-20 September: US Open, Winged Foot Golf Club, New York
- 25-27 September: Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, Wisconsin
- 12-15 November: Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia
This is the first time The Open has been cancelled since the 1940-45 tournaments, which were not played because of World War Two!
If you were fortunate enough to purchase a ticket for this year’s Open your ticket will still be valid for next year’s event, although they are offering full refunds if you are unable to make it.
In a statement on the R&A website, Martin Slumbers said:
“We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people around the world but we have to act responsibly during this pandemic and it is the right thing to do.
“We rely on the support of the emergency services, local authorities and a range of other organisations to stage the Championship and it would be unreasonable to place any additional demands on them when they have far more urgent priorities to deal with.”