Open Championship canceled due to coronavirus

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The 149th Open Championship, scheduled for July 16-19, was canceled Monday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The R&A confirmed the decision and said that the tournament, which was to be played at the Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, would take place there in 2021. More details are to be released.

“I can assure everyone that we have explored all of the options for playing at the Open this year, but that will not be possible,” said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.

This means that the celebration of the 150th Open for the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, will be moved to 2022. The Royal Liverpool, in Hoylake, England, was scheduled for 2022 but will move to another year.

A status announcement for the PGA Championship, the US Open, the Masters, the Ryder Cup and the PGA Tour is scheduled for later Monday. The events are expected to be rescheduled, with the Ryder Cup keeping its end-September date – all on the basis of authorization from medical authorities.

The Open joins a long list of sporting events and golf tournaments that have been postponed or canceled.

The PGA Tour has already canceled or postponed nine events, with tournaments at the end of May now threatened with a similar fate.

The PGA Championship, scheduled for next month in San Francisco, is expected to announce that it will postpone its tournament to August. The Masters, which was slated to take place this week, is postponed to a likely date in November, and the US Open at Winged Foot in June is also expected to be postponed to September.

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