First, it was Augusta National postponing the Masters.
Next in the postponement crosshairs was the PGA Championship at San Francisco’s TPS Harding Park. Then the US Open was put into jeopardy when an executive order failed to stop all preparation by closing the Winged Foot.
The coronavirus has now reached the door of the Royal St George, Perco R&D that the Open Championship has been canceled at 149th. The British Open was scheduled for July 16-19, which would have been the final major championship of 2020.
Next year’s Open will be played at Royal St. George’s Jul 11-18, 2021 so the 150th playing in 2022 will still be held at the Old Course, July 10-17.
When was the last time World War II didn’t open? St. Andrews hosted the1939 Open and then served as the host for the competition back in the 1946s. The Open didn’t even1915-1919 because of the First World War.
Last week, the R&A and USGA jointly announced the Curtis Cup, a female amateur biennial team match, was being moved back a year from its originally scheduled dates of June 12-14, 2020.
These moves come on the cusp of canceling this year’s most important Grand Slam tennis tournament. Last week, the All England Club canceled the Wimbledon for 2020 in a tightly-knit move and cited the logical impossibilities of the event in the UK and the possibility of establishing an event at a later time.
It will be the first time Wimbledon hasn’t crowned a champion since the tournament paused between 1940 and 1945 due to World War II.