US Open to be held without spectators due to COVID-19 pandemic

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The 120th U.S. Open, originally scheduled for June 18-21, was postponed to September 17-20 at Winged Foot's West Course in Mamaroneck.

"Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the US Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved", said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA.

The championship had originally been due to take place in its regular June slot but was moved amid escalating fears brought about by the global spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier this month, the PGA Tour announced that fans will not be allowed to return for the rest of the season, which ends with the Tour Championship from September 4 to September 7 (the U.S. Open is not operated by the PGA Tour). The fourth major, The Open Championship, was canceled.

The US Open will be played without spectators in attendance at Winged Foot in September, tournament organisers have confirmed.

This year's event will be the 120th edition of the U.S. Open, and the sixth time it's been hosted at Winged Foot. Augusta National has not yet announced whether it will allow patrons for the Masters, now slated for November 12-15.

Meanwhile, the PGA Championship starts August 6 at Harding Park in San Francisco, the first major without fans.

Fans haven't been permitted at the PGA Tour's first eight events since the restart of play, including this week's WGC-FedEx St. Jude's Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

"While we know we can't replicate the on-site experience, we will be working diligently to bring the championship to life for fans through our partnership with NBCUniversal and on our digital platforms", said Craig Annis, chief brand officer of the USGA.

Then, the U.S. Open had to ditch its identity as the most "open" major championship because it was neither safe nor practical to hold 18-hole and 36-hole qualifiers. "As much as we want it to, I don't think it will".

"We have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19, and I am so proud of New Yorkers, who rose to the occasion and bent the curve", New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said in the USGA statement.



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