Masters in November as golf shuffles schedule for majors

Francesco Molinari 13Th Tee Augusta National

"Obviously I'm disappointed that I won't get to defend the Open Championship this year but I feel the R&A have made the right decisions based on people's health and safety", Lowry tweeted.

"We care deeply about this historic championship and have made this decision with a heavy heart", said Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A.

And, though the US Open, scheduled for June at Winged Foot, has not been officially postponed, sources told The Post two weeks ago that the club has already been informed by the USGA that it will not be played in June with hopes that it will be rescheduled for later in the summer or early fall, likely September 17.

All that depends on guidance from government and health authorities.

The last time the Open was not contested was from 1940-1945 because of World War II.

Meanwhile, the claret jug stays with Shane Lowry of Ireland, who won previous year at Royal Portrush.

Golf's oldest championship will return to Royal St. George's in 2021.

The Open, scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, will not be played for the first time since World War II.

According to Joel Beall of Golf Digest, who was the first to report the cancelation of The Open last week, the PGA Tour will resume its season in mid-June at the Memorial with no fans.

The Ryder Cup date has not changed and has the Americans taking on Team Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin Sept. 25-27.

He said all tickets and other hospitality packages will be shifted to 2021 or fully refunded. As part of that collaboration, the PGA Championship - originally scheduled for May - was moved to August, and the PGA TOUR worked with its host organizations and title sponsors to move the Wyndham Championship and all three FedExCup Playoffs events, including the TOUR Championship, one week later than their original dates, meaning the season finale will take place on September 3-7 at East Lake Golf Club with the final round scheduled for Labor Day.

"However, I am delighted that The R&A has confirmed that The 149th Open will be played at Royal St George's and heralding a major stimulus to the local economy as we rebuild".

"We want to reiterate that Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour, The R&A and USGA collectively value the health and well-being of everyone within the game of golf and beyond, above all else", the statement said. It is the right thing to do.

"We have explored every option for playing The Open this year but it is not going to be possible". "There are many different considerations that go into organising a major sporting event of this scale". We are grateful to all of them for their assistance and co-operation throughout this process.



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