Three of the four golf majors have announced new dates for 2020 amid the coronavirus crisis while the oldest of the lot, the British Open confirmed it would cancel its event for the year.
Tiger Woods will defend his green jacket at the Masters Tournament in November at the conclusion of a radically altered schedule in light of the global pandemic.
The PGA Championship, postponed from May, will kick-off the new-look major season August 6-9 at Harding Park, San Francisco, filling a date made available by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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And the US Open, the last major to announce a change amid the coronavirus crisis, moves from June to September 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. That will also act as the tune-up event for the biennial Ryder Cup where team Europe will defend the trophy against the US at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, on unchanged dates September 25-28.
The Masters will then be the last, rather than first, major of the year November 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club.
The revised dates for the three US-based majors were announced shortly after the 2020 Open Championship was cancelled completely.
The 149th edition of golf’s oldest major will be held at Royal St George’s in July next year, the governing R&A said.
The decision was made on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and advisors.
It is the first time since World War II that the Open, first played in 1860, has been cancelled.
“Obviously I’m disappointed that I won’t get to defend the Open Championship this year but I feel the R&A have made the right decisions based on people’s health and safety,” title-holder Shane Lowry tweeted.