U.S. Women’s Open Postponed Until December

Written by on April 3, 2020

The US Golf Affiliation postponed the 75th United States Girls’s Open from early June to mid-December on Friday, a notable signal that golf’s governing our bodies are significantly weighing dates late this yr as they scramble to reschedule an ever-expanding checklist of main postponed occasions.

The ladies’s Open will now be contested Dec. 10-13 on the Champions Golf Membership in Houston, which had been set to host the occasion June 4-7. It might be the primary girls’s main held in December.

“The united statesG.A. stays dedicated to internet hosting the U.S. Girls’s Open in 2020,” Mike Davis, the united statesG.A. chief government, stated. “Our precedence stays making certain the protection of all concerned with the U.S. Girls’s Open, whereas nonetheless offering the world’s finest gamers the chance to compete this yr.”

It’s the third girls’s main to be postponed in current weeks as a result of coronavirus pandemic, behind the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship. The ANA Inspiration, initially scheduled for this month has been moved to Sept. 10-13. The Evian Championship was moved again two weeks to Aug. 6-9.

The postponement is one other in disruption to the golf calendar, becoming a member of the delayed males’s majors — the Masters, often performed each April in Augusta, Ga. and the P.G.A. Championship, which was set for mid-Could in San Francisco. No rescheduled dates have been introduced. A fourth males’s main, the British Open, is leaning towards a postponement, maybe till 2021.

A call on postponing the mens’ U.S. Open, scheduled to start June 11 on the Winged Foot Golf Membership in Westchester County, N.Y., is predicted subsequent week from the united statesG.A., hosts of the event. Whereas the united statesG.A. wish to preserve the occasion at Winged Foot, its resolution to maneuver the ladies’s Open to December — slightly than scheduling it in an earlier month — alerts an understanding that it could be extra prudent to focus on late 2020 as potential touchdown spots for big scale sporting occasions. However holding a U.S. Open in December would imply transferring the occasion out of the northeastern United States as a consequence of shortened sunlight hours and climate considerations.

Even in Houston, the extra temperate location for the ladies’s Open, the united statesG.A. has needed to make concessions to accommodate a winter begin. It introduced Friday it could use two golf programs concurrently in Houston for the primary two rounds of the ladies’s Open.

Moreover, each the lads’s and ladies’s Opens will likely be broadcast on Fox, which in December expects to be broadcasting a full slate of pivotal, late-season N.F.L. video games.

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