Golf will only have three major championships at the most this year. The R&A announced it is canceling the British Open in July because of the spread of COVID-19. It is pushing the British Open back one year and staying at Royal St. George’s. Other organizations are expected to announce the PGA Championship moving to August, the U.S. Open to September and the Masters to November. It’s the first time the British Open is not being played since 1945 because of World War II. By keeping it at Royal St. George’s, the R&A assures the 150th Open will be at St. Andrews in 2022.
It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel The Open for the first time since WWII. We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people but we have to act responsibly during this pandemic and it is the right thing to do.
Statement: https://t.co/brJfuOZSFP pic.twitter.com/iizOupOk4m
— The Open (@TheOpen) April 6, 2020
BREAKING: #TheOpen has officially been canceled.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) April 6, 2020