US Open becomes second golf major to ban fans amid coronavirus outbreak

US Open: 2020 contest to be played without crowds at Winged Foot

The US Open will be played without spectators in attendance at Winged Foot in September, tournament organisers have confirmed.

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.

The championship had originally been due to take place in its regular June slot but was moved amid escalating fears brought about by the global spread of the coronavirus.

"This is a great event", said Cuomo, adding that it's "a national event" and folks who are not there in-person "will be able to watch it on TV".

The 2020 U.S. Open golf championship will be held in September in Westchester County without spectators due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

"We will miss the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship", said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA.

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

"This will not be a typical U.S. Open in several respects", John Bodenhamer, the USGA's senior managing director of championships, said in a statement.

"I think next week's going to feel slightly different, and who knows what will happen at the U.S. Open or Masters. Their perseverance motivates us, in a year when such tenacity means so much".

The significant ends up being the most recent prominent golf occasion to occur behind closed doors, with every PGA Tour occasion because their resumption on June 11 being held without crowds and the PGA Championship proceeding next month at TPC Harding Park without any fans.

Now it comes down to the Masters to determine if any of golf's majors will have fans this year.

The Masters Tournament, scheduled for November 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, hasn't yet announced whether fans will be permitted.

"We're starting to get used to it", former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson said.

The 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot will be held without spectators, the USGA confirmed Wednesday in conjunction with the state of NY.

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