- The Washington Times
Monday, April 6, 2020

Seven golf governing bodies, including the PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA and R&A, released a revised schedule of tournaments and championships for the remainder of 2020 that includes the cancellation of the British Open, the U.S. Open moving to September and the Masters moving to November.

“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,” a joint statement said on Monday. “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.”

The R&A canceled its Open Championship for the first time since World War II. It was scheduled to be played July 12-19 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England.

The other three majors, each postponed last month, now have new dates. The Masters, which would have begun this week, will now be the final major on the schedule, Nov. 9-15 at Augusta National in Georgia.

The PGA of America said it would hold the PGA Championship Aug. 3-9 and keep it at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, where it was originally planned this year. Ironically, the major used to be played in August, but in recent years was moved to May.

And the USGA has moved the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 14-20, and will keep the championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

The Ryder Cup is one of the few significant events that did not need to be moved. It will go off as originally scheduled from Sept. 22 to 27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, meaning it will immediately follow the U.S. Open.

There is no official date for the return of the PGA Tour, which is currently suspended, but it announced it moved the Wyndham Championship, its regular season finale, and the three FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments back a week, culminating with a Labor Day finish for the Tour Championship on Sept. 7.

The full list of changes can be viewed here.

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