Like other sports in the world, professional golf tournaments have been shut down through the rest of the summer. However if the coronavirus is brought under control in time, at least three of golf’s four major golf tournaments will be played later this year.
Announcements were made Monday morning by the United States Golf Association, the PGA Tour and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club with revised dates for golf’s major tournaments.
The Masters, which would have been played this week, has set dates of Nov. 9-15 to hold its annual tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The PGA Championship, set for May 11-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco, has set Aug. 3-9 for its tournament, while the U.S. Open has rescheduled its tournament for Sept. 14-20 at Winged Foot in New York. The Open Championship scheduled for mid-July at Sandwich, England, will not be played this year.
“In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified Nov. 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters,” said Masters chairman Fred Ridley in a release sent out by the club. “While more details will be shared in the weeks and months to come, we, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the coronavirus. Along the way, we hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport.”
A joint statement by the USGA and R&A read as follows:
“This is a difficult and challenging time for everyone coping with the effects of this pandemic. We remain very mindful of the obstacles ahead and each organization will continue to follow the guidance of the leading public health authorities conducting competitions only if it is safe and responsible to do so.”
Also the annual Ryder Cup matches between the United States and Europe have been re-confirmed for Sept. 22-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. There has been talk that the Ryder Cup would be moved to next year and go back to being played on odd-numbered years like it was before being changed in 2001 after 9/11.
As for other tournaments on the PGA Tour, some will be rescheduled for later this year.
“The Tour will make further announcements about this potential as well as its fall schedule in the coming weeks,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.