The 149th Open still scheduled for July, confirms the head of R&A | Golf News


Last update: 02/04/20 13:14

The R&A has denied reports that the 149th Open at Royal St George’s will be permanently canceled and will continue until 2021.

A report from the American magazine Golf Digest said that “several sources” suggested that a cancellation of this summer’s Open should be announced on Thursday.

But R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers insisted the reports were far from the mark, although he admitted that a postponement was one of the many options discussed.

Shane Lowry remains on track to defend Claret Jug in July

Shane Lowry remains on track to defend Claret Jug in July

“We are continuing to work on our options for the Open this year, including the postponement,” Slumbers said in a statement. “Due to a variety of external factors, this process takes time to resolve.

“We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear advice to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as possible.

“We will update again as soon as we are able to do so and thank everyone for their support and understanding in this difficult situation. “

Just a day after the All England Club canceled this year’s Wimbledon Championships for the first time since World War II, the erroneous report speculated that the Open would follow a similar fate.

The report said the decision would be made on the basis of insurance complications, while quoting an anonymous source as saying, “R&A is the most [insured] of all tournaments. They have full cancellation insurance. I don’t see golf [being played] before August. ”


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