Monday, 03 August, 2020

US Open to be played with no fans in attendance

Us Open Trophy US Open: 2020 contest to be played without crowds at Winged Foot
Cary Erickson | 01 August, 2020, 10:40

The U.S. Open moved from June 18-21 to the third week in September as the golf schedule was entirely reconfigured to account for a three-month shutdown.

Last year, the USGA welcomed 9,125 entries for local and sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The U.S. Open was originally scheduled to be played at Winged Foot on June 18-21, but it was pushed back to September 17-20 because of the pandemic.

U.S. Open tickets purchased directly through the USGA will be automatically refunded to the method of payment used to buy them.

"Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the U.S. Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved", USGA CEO Mike Davis said. The fourth major, The Open Championship, was canceled.

Westchester County, where Winged Foot Golf Club is located, has recorded almost 36,000 cases and over 1,400 deaths.

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The U.S. Open will be held without fans in 2020. "Their perseverance motivates us, in a year when such tenacity means so much".

Current U.S. Open odds favor Rory McIlroy (+900), followed by Brooks Koepka (+1000), Dustin Johnson (+1000), Tiger Woods (+1400) and Bryson DeChambeau (+1400).

In partnership with the state of NY, the USGA announced today that due to ongoing health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 120th U.S. Open Championship, scheduled September 14-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., will be conducted without spectators on-site. Officials at Augusta National haven't announced whether fans may attend the Masters Tournament (November 12-15).

As ESPN's Mark Schlabach wrote, the PGA has completed eight competitions without fans since the Tour halted play in March due to the uncontrolled virus outbreak.

The PGA Tour paused for almost three months because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, returning in June with a heavily reconfigured schedule, no fans allowed on the courses and extensive testing of players and course officials.