The 2020 Open Championship scheduled for Royal St. George’s in July will be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Golf Digest.
The decision comes in the wake of the Wimbledon tennis tournament being canceled earlier Wednesday, a development the Royal and Ancient, the group that organizes The Open, was waiting on before going ahead with its plan to scuttle The Open for the first time since World War II.
Scheduled for July 16-19 in Sandwich, England, the tournament will be canceled rather than postponed because the R&A can collect an insurance premium if it cancels by a certain date, according to Golf Digest. The Masters, scheduled for next week, and the PGA Championship, scheduled for next month, have announced postponements but so far no future dates.
The PGA Tour has already canceled or postponed nine events with tournaments in late May.
Golf Digest reported that it is not expected that The Open would be staged at Royal St. George’s next year, which creates an issue for the R&A. The organization has been planning a 150th Open celebration at the home of golf in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 2021 for several years.
Look, here is the deal. If we cant get golfers out on a golf course with just their caddy and other golfers in JULY, there is absolutely NO chance that 120,000 fans are crammed on top of each other come September 1st for a college football game. There is no way. This news simply just confirms it. A golf course, no gallery, just golfers and their caddy, are CANCELLED for a tournament set to take place FOUR MONTHS from now?
Guys, this BAD news. Things only seem to get worse day by day, not better. Let’s hope this gets resolved quickly and good news starts to hit this page because at this rate, college football is NOT happening in 2020.