Thursday, April 16

What the 2020 PGA Tour and Major Championship Schedule Could Look Like

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By Jacob Smalley

Jacob Smalley is an avid golfer and a junior at Ohio University.

I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY that people involved with planning major championships and PGA Tour events are very stressed at the moment. The coronavirus pandemic leaves a lot of question marks for tournaments and there is no end in sight.

Jacob Smalley
But there is some promising news regarding the 2020 Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open. According to a statement from the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters is rescheduled for mid-November (November 12-15).

Other promising news for players and fans is that the U.S. Open (which will not be played in June) is rescheduled to September 17-20. The beautiful Winged Foot Golf Club in New York is the host venue and hopefully it will be as entertaining as Pebble Beach last year.

The unfortunate news is that the 2020 Open Championship will not be rescheduled, and Royal St. Georges will have to wait another year to host the prestigious tourney. The following year, in 2022, the tournament will be at St. Andrews for the 150th anniversary.

So, what about the other tournaments that have been postponed due to the virus such as THE PLAYERS Championship, Wells Fargo Championship and others?

Unfortunately, it looks like all are canceled rather than postponed for a later date. In a perfect world it would be spectacular to make up all of the tournaments later in the year, but it is just not feasible.

A look on the bright side is a packed and incredible schedule if golf tournaments are allowed to be staged later in the year, including:

August - PGA Championship
September - U.S. Open, Ryder Cup
November - The Masters

Of course, there are also other events such as the BMW Championship and Tour Championship to keep golf fans entertained.

All we can do at the moment is do our part to defeat the virus and perhaps we will soon enjoy a memorable end to 2020 with a full schedule of golf tournaments.

1 comment:

Scott Cole said...

Well, it's disappointing that we won't have a full slate of majors this year, but I'll take what I can get. The Masters in November should actually be pretty cool. The players should be pretty fresh with their games at that time of year. The U.S. Open at Winged Foot in September will be interesting... you never know what the weather will be like there at that time of year.