U.S. Open at Winged Foot postponed due to coronavirus

Butch Harmon

Although the United States Golf Association is sticking to its edict to have a decision by mid-April, a report in the New York Post on Thursday night said that the U.S. Open will be postponed but with the intention of still playing at Winged Foot Golf Club in suburban New York later this year.

The USGA, the governing body of the tournament, would not confirm the move of the date. The Tour canceled The Players Championship after the first round earlier this month, and has canceled all future events across all Tours - including the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour Champions - through the AT&T Byron Nelson, which was set to finish on May 10. The new date would depend on how the NY area recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The news follows a previous announcement by Augusta National that it had postponed the Masters, the first major of the year that had been scheduled for April 9-12.

"Nothing is official at this point", said Major Beth, senior director of communications for the USGA Championship, on Thursday evening.

The USGA announced two days ago that it plans to decide whether the tournament will be played as scheduled by mid-April.

So far, the Open, scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, is sticking with its original date.

The executive order last week by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for 100 percent of the non-essential work force to stay at home resulted in the indefinite closure of Winged Foot, which last hosted the U.S. Open in 2006.

It got the USGA staff who had been there to leave the club. "But [a decision] could come earlier, which would be great for all of us so that we can continue with the plans". The construction of the tournament structures, such as grand teams and companies and concession tents, ended last week. The 120th edition of the prestigious competition was scheduled to be held from June 18-21 in NY at the Winged Foot club in Mamaroneck.

The USGA said earlier that it hoped to make a decision about the US Open in mid-April.



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