A clearer picture – at least for now

  • Golf
  • Sunday, 12 Apr 2020

If she plays, Sung Hyun Park will be the defending champion at the LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in June.

COVID-19 continues to take its toll on the world of sport and in the past week, golf’s biggest and most famous tournament – the British Open – also fell victim to the pandemic.

This year’s championship, scheduled for Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Kent, England, has been cancelled and will now be played at the same venue from July 16-19 next year.

The R&A’s announcement came as a joint statement was released by the US PGA Tour, European Tour, the women’s US LPGA Tour and the custodians of the other three Major championships, the United States Golf Association (USGA) – the custodians of the US Open, Augusta National Golf Club – the US Masters and the PGA of America – US PGA Championship.

Conspicuous by its absence was any mention of the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour Series-China, a string of events held in China under the auspices of the US PGA Tour since 2014.

The R&A said they felt it “necessary to cancel” the 149th Open, based on guidance from the UK Government, health authorities, public services and their advisers.

In the joint statement, the PGA Tour said they moved their regular season finale – the Wyndham Championship – and the three FedExCup Playoffs one week later, starting the week of Aug 10 and finishing on Sept 7 with the Tour Championship.

For their part the LPGA Tour said they would resume their season with the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas from June 19 to 21.

This was the US$2mil tournament won last season by current world number three Sung Hyun Park.

The LPGA also said they had rescheduled their first two Majors of the season – the ANA Inspiration Sept 10 to 13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, and the US Women’s Open to Dec 10 to 13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

With regards to the Majors on the men’s Tours, the PGA Championship has been slotted in for Aug 6 to 9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California, while the US Open has been rescheduled to Sept 17 to 20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

Augusta National has set Nov 9 to 15 as the dates for the Masters Tournament.

In a related development, the PGA of America said the Ryder Cup remains set to go ahead as planned at Whistling Straits

in Kohler, Wisconsin from

Sept 22-27.

The joint statement added: “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.”
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