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Usually around this time we celebrated a holiday among golf enthusiasts: masters week. It’s the first of golf’s four major tournaments each year and it’s usually the kick-off on the golf calendar for many of us.
But that is obviously not the case this year.
Professional sports have been gone for what appears to be a very long time ago. A very good reason, of course, public health and safety as a bonus. We were looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, a sign that a return to ânormalâ is not so far away.
BREAKAGE: As @GolfDigest reported last week, the British Open is canceled, officially due today. Other announcements:
The tour will start in mid-June, without fans, at the Memorial
PGA Champion August 6; Ryder Cup September 25
US Open September 17
Masters in November
– JoÃ«l Beall (@JoelMBeall) April 6, 2020
The majors were all but postponed, but there were rumors of their return. Joel Beall of Golf Digest announced Monday morning that golf will return to Memorial in June. This is the first sign that the sport is slowly returning to normal. It won’t be a normal week in Dublin, Ohio at the Jack Nicklaus tournament, however, it will be played without spectators.
It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel the Open for the first time since WWII. We understand that this will be disappointing for a lot of people, but we have to act responsibly during this pandemic and it is the right thing to do.
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– The Open (@TheOpen) April 6, 2020
The other piece of news from the golf governing bodies was that the Open Championship is canceled entirely. This means that if you were planning on going to St. Andrews in 2021 it is postponed for a year and they will play it at Royal St. George’s in 2021 instead.
– PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) April 6, 2020
The 120th US Open has been postponed and is now rescheduled for September 17-20, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club.
– USGA (@USGA) April 6, 2020
This means that the first and second major tournaments of the season will take place in San Francisco and upstate New York, two of the current hot spots of the coronavirus outbreak.
And what is normally reserved for the first major of the season? It will be played for the last time the second week of November. Is Augusta, Georgia hot in November? Not particularly. Although azaleas are not in bloom, it is an adjustment that golf enthusiasts will have to live with.
How are they going to handle college football AND Masters at the same time? Who knows. Many of us are delighted to find out. Even if you are not a golf fan, it must be a little exciting to have at least some positive news in the world of sport, and just in the world in general.