Jun 23rd, 2020
US PGA Championship to go ahead
As rumours emerge of Ryder Cup postponement
The US Open will go ahead between 17th and 20th September at Winged Foot Golf Club, New York with the Masters moved to 12th to 15th November. The 2020 Open Championship was cancelled because of the pandemic and will return in 2021 at Royal St. George's.
The decision to stage the event without spectators is understandable given the recent positive test for COVID-19 for Nick Watney in the second event back for the PGA Tour.
"We are both inspired and honoured to play on, grateful to the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco for being terrific partners," said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.
The PGA Tour is still planning its first event with fans allowed at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio from 16th to 19th July.
At the same time rumours are emerging that the Ryder Cup is to be postponed by a year. According to The Guardian, an announcement is expected next week.
The plan is that the Ryder Cup will return to be playing on odd years which was the case before the postponement following the 9/11 attack. The delay will push the Ryder Cup in Italy back to 2023 which will put further pressure on the European Tour finances.
The movement to odd years will also set up clashes with both the Presidents Cup and the Solheim Cup. If the Ryder Cup is postponed, it is assumed that the Presidents Cup will also move back a year and remain on the even years.
It will be interesting to see the reaction of the LPGA as it is far from ideal to put the two team events up against each other in the schedule.
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