The United States Golf Association postponed the 75th United States Women’s Open from early June to mid-December on Friday, a notable signal that golf’s governing our bodies are significantly weighing dates late this yr as they scramble to reschedule an ever-expanding listing of main postponed occasions.
The ladies’s Open will now be contested Dec. 10-13 on the Champions Golf Club in Houston, which had been set to host the occasion June 4-7. It could be the primary ladies’s main held in December.
“The U.S.G.A. remains committed to hosting the U.S. Women’s Open in 2020,” Mike Davis, the united statesG.A. chief government, stated. “Our priority remains ensuring the safety of all involved with the U.S. Women’s Open, while still providing the world’s best players the opportunity to compete this year.”
It is the third ladies’s main to be postponed in current weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, behind the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship. The ANA Inspiration, initially scheduled for this month has been moved to Sept. 10-13. The Evian Championship was moved again two weeks to Aug. 6-9.
The postponement is one other in disruption to the golf calendar, becoming a member of the delayed males’s majors — the Masters, often performed each April in Augusta, Ga. and the P.G.A. Championship, which was set for mid-May in San Francisco. No rescheduled dates have been introduced. A fourth males’s main, the British Open, is leaning towards a postponement, maybe till 2021.
A choice on suspending the mens’ U.S. Open, scheduled to start June 11 on the Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., is predicted subsequent week from the united statesG.A., hosts of the match. While the united statesG.A. wish to maintain the occasion at Winged Foot, its resolution to move the ladies’s Open to December — somewhat than scheduling it in an earlier month — indicators an understanding that it might be extra prudent to focus on late 2020 as potential touchdown spots for giant scale sporting occasions. But holding a U.S. Open in December would imply transferring the occasion out of the northeastern United States as a result of shortened daytime and climate considerations.
Even in Houston, the extra temperate location for the ladies’s Open, the united statesG.A. has needed to make concessions to accommodate a winter begin. It introduced Friday it could use two golf programs concurrently in Houston for the primary two rounds of the ladies’s Open.
Additionally, each the boys’s and ladies’s Opens will likely be broadcast on Fox, which in December expects to be broadcasting a full slate of pivotal, late-season N.F.L. video games.