Thursday, July 30

USGA: The U.S. Open at Winged Foot Will Not Include Spectators

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LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – In partnership with the state of New York, the USGA announced [Wednesday] that due to ongoing health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 120th U.S. Open Championship, scheduled Sept. 14-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., will be conducted without spectators on-site.

"Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the U.S. Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved," said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. "We will miss the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them again to future U.S. Opens."

The USGA announced on April 6 that the 120th U.S. Open, which was scheduled to be held June 18-21 on Winged Foot's West Course, had been postponed to Sept. 17-20, and it announced in June that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying.

"This will not be a typical U.S. Open in several respects," said John Bodenhamer, the USGA's senior managing director of Championships. "Would it have been easier to simply cancel or even move the 2020 championship rather than play it in what has been the epicenter of the virus in our country? Possibly. But all of us at the USGA know how much the U.S. Open matters, and we weren't willing to give up on playing it at Winged Foot Golf Club so easily. We are very proud to give our competitors and champions a platform to chase their dreams. Their perseverance motivates us, in a year when such tenacity means so much."

Tickets purchased directly through the USGA will be automatically refunded to the method of payment used to purchase the tickets. Additional information on U.S. Open ticket refunds can be found at USGA.org.

2 comments:

Oneunder said...

Could this be what Phil needs, a Winged Foot Open with no fans ? Could this be his year ?

Neil Sagebiel said...

He is so overdue. But now I wonder if he can grind it out in a major at 50.