On the heels of Wimbledon being canceled just five days ago, The R&A have announced that July’s Open Championship will also be canceled in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement, The R&A revealed that “based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and The R&A’s advisers,” the tournament in Kent would be canceled for 2020. Like Wimbledon, it is the first time The Open has been canceled since World War II.
What this means for the tournament itself is that the 149th edition, location and all, will just move to 2021. So while golfers were supposed to play at Royal St. George’s, this year, they will now play next year. And then next year’s 150th Open at St. Andrew’s will take place in 2022.
The Open is the first golf major to completely cancel their tournament. The PGA Championship, U.S. Open, and Masters have been rescheduled to August 6-9, September 17-20, and November 12-15 respectively.