R&A still evaluating options for Open, says no decision on cancellation yet

Ross Houston
April 2, 2020

Golf's first major of the year, The Masters in April, has already been postponed and the PGA Tour hasn't played since abandoning the Players Championship last month after the first round.

But, despite the Kent tournament being due to take place the week after the abandoned tennis championships in nearby London, Martin Slumbers, the R&A chief executive, has suggested the governing body has complex negotiations to overcome before any verdict is issued.

"We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can".

Slumbers said an update on The Open will be made "as soon as we are in a position to do so".

Wimbledon became the latest high-profile sporting event in Britain to be cancelled due to the virus on Wednesday for the first time since World War II.

The championship is due to held at The Royal St George's Golf Club from Sunday, July 12 to Sunday, July 19. It has canceled all future events on all Tours - including the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour Champions - through the AT&T Byron Nelson, which was set to finish on May 10. Similar to Wimbledon, the R&A has a policy that shields against a global pandemic, and a source indicated the Open would have to cancel by a certain date in order to collect on its insurance premium. "I just don't see any golf [being played] before August". The report said the announcement could come as early as Thursday.

The Open is scheduled for the Old Course at St. Andrews next year, followed by Royal Liverpool in 2022 and Royal Troon in 2023. The organization for several years has been planning a 150th Open celebration at the home of golf in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 2021.

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