Canceled: By the USGA, qualifying for the U.S. Open, plus four more of its annual national amateur championships, officials announced Monday in a news release, citing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Mid-Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur, Senior Amateur and the Senior Women’s Amateur also were scrapped, bringing to 10 the number of USGA events that have fallen victim to COVID-19.
The 120th U.S. Open, which will be played Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., will feature an all-exempt field. In March, the USGA announced that local qualifying would not be held, forgoing a decision on final qualifying, formerly known as sectionals. “The openness of our championships is our DNA – 10,000 people following their dream,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships. The original schedule featured 108 local qualifying and 12 final qualifying tournaments, which were to have been held in eight states, Japan, England and Canada. “Rescheduling that into the fall just wasn’t possible,” Bodenhamer said. “The biggest consideration has been the need to test players, caddies and essential workers inside the so-called bubble.”
The USGA’s competition calendar has been reduced to four events. In addition to the U.S. Open, the USGA will conduct the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.; the U.S. Amateur on Aug. 10-16 at Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort; and the U.S. Women’s Open on Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston. The USGA did not disclose details about expanded exemption categories for its four remaining tournaments.