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Monday April 6, 2020 9:50 AM
https://www.randa.org/en/news/2020/04/the-open-in-2020-cancelled

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Monday 6 April 2020

The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19 July but it has been necessary to cancel the Championship based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and The R&A’s advisers. This is the first time since the Second World War that golf’s original Championship, first played in 1860, has been cancelled.
The 149th Open will be played at Royal St George’s from 11-18 July 2021.
The 150th Open will be played at St Andrews from 10-17 July 2022.
The R&A will transfer over tickets and hospitality packages purchased for the Championship in 2020 to The Open in 2021. Purchasers who no longer wish to (or are no longer able to) attend in 2021 will receive a full refund. Further information on this process will be sent directly to ticket and hospitality purchasers in due course.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “Our absolute priority is to protect the health and safety of the fans, players, officials, volunteers and staff involved in The Open. We care deeply about this historic Championship and have made this decision with a heavy heart. We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people around the world but this pandemic is severely affecting the UK and we have to act responsibly. It is the right thing to do.
“I can assure everyone that we have explored every option for playing The Open this year but it is not going to be possible.
“There are many different considerations that go into organising a major sporting event of this scale. We rely on the support of the emergency services, local authorities and a range of other organisations to stage the Championship and it would be unreasonable to place any additional demands on them when they have far more urgent priorities to deal with. In recent weeks we have been working closely with those organisations as well as Royal St George’s, St Andrews Links Trust and the other golf bodies to resolve the remaining external factors and have done so as soon as we possibly could. We are grateful to all of them for their assistance and co-operation throughout this process.
“Most of all I would like to thank our fans around the world and all of our partners for their support and understanding. At a difficult time like this we have to recognise that sport must stand aside to let people focus on keeping themselves and their families healthy and safe. We are committed to supporting our wider community in the weeks and months ahead and will do everything in our power to help golf come through this crisis.”
The R&A’s remaining professional and amateur championships scheduled this year are under review and updates will be given on any further changes.
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Monday April 6, 2020 2:14 PM
New, much later dates released for the three majors held in the U.S. Will certainly make for different playing conditions that we have grown accustomed to. With cooler weather than mid June, maybe the U.S. Open in particular will actually be green throughout?

I would venture a guess that The Open has a much narrower date range where they could reasonably reschedule the later in the year we get? Because of the distance north, their days become much shorter and there is a much greater chance of incliment weather.

My wife and I were in London in early December of 2014 and you would have had to play in an overcoat. Was there in late September, early October of 2016 and it was brisk. And most Open venues are well north of London. You can golf in Scotland and Northern Ireland during the longest days of the summer until around 10:30pm. But in the shortest days? There is little chance they would get a morning and afternoon full field round in for 18 holes in a single day. Close to half the field would still be on the course when darkness hit with some holes still to play.
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The goal has always been long and straight! But since I can no longer hit them long, hopefully straighter could be achieved more than occasionally?
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Tuesday April 7, 2020 3:12 PM
Plus they had an insurance policy for just this situation and they had to cancel the tournament in order to collect, not just postpone it.
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Wednesday April 8, 2020 6:41 AM
Given our circumstances one of the majors was going to have to be scratched.

At least the other 3 may indeed be played this year is the positive news.

It will be different for sure.

Collecting on the alleged insurance? Plenty of money will find plenty of lawyers to sort it out.
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