The announcement includes a revised schedule for the PGA and LPGA tours
Augusta National Golf Club, the European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, the R&A and USGA have issued a rare joint statement on the status of their respective domains, upcoming tournament schedules (including majors) as well as the current condition of the game as a whole due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. It reads:
“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.
“In recent weeks, the global golf community has come together to collectively put forward a calendar of events that will, we hope, serve to entertain and inspire golf fans around the world. We are grateful to our respective partners, sponsors and players, who have allowed us to make decisions – some of them, very tough decisions – in order to move the game and the industry forward.
“We want to reiterate that Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA collectively value the health and well-being of everyone, within the game of golf and beyond, above all else. We encourage everyone to follow all responsible precautions and make effort to remain healthy and safe.”
Rescheduled 2020 dates for three of golf's major championships has also been announced today. The PGA Championship will remain at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco and be contested Aug. 3 – 9. The 2020 U.S. Open at New York’s Winged Foot Golf Club moves to Sept. 14 – 20. Augusta National has identified Nov. 9 – 15 as the intended dates to host its 84th Masters Tournament later this year.
The R&A has canceled the 149th Open Championship originally scheduled for July 12 – 19 based on guidance from the UK Government, health authorities, public service officials and its stable of industry advisers. The Open Championship will remain at England’s Royal St. George’s and played next year on July 15 – 18. This is the the first time the game’s oldest championship, which dates to 1860, has been canceled since World War II when the tournament wasn’t held from 1940 – 1945.
The R&A additionally announced they have pushed back its historic 150th Open Championship to be played on the Old Course in St. Andrews for the 30th time to the summer of 2022. The PGA of America has reconfirmed the Ryder Cup remains as originally scheduled for Sept. 22 – 27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
While collaborating with the PGA of America to find a suitable PGA Championship date in August, the PGA TOUR has moved its three season-ending FedExCup playoff events to one week later each beginning on Aug. 10 and culminating with a Labor Day (Sept. 7) final round finish for its TOUR Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club.
The PGA TOUR hopes to reschedule regular events into the timeframes formerly occupied by the U.S. Open, Open Championship and the men’s Olympic golf competition, which were scheduled in June and July.
The LPGA released a revised 2020 summer schedule beginning on June 15 with its Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. In addition, the LPGA Tour announced they have rescheduled their first two majors of the year. The ANA Inspiration moves to the week of Sept. 7 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The 2020 U.S. Women’s Open is moving to the week of Dec. 7 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.
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