Chief executive Martin Slumbers says no decision has been made regarding the 149th Open, set for July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s in England, after Golf Digest reports that Open won’t be played
Rebutted: By the R&A, a report by Golf Digest that the British Open has been canceled. In a brief statement Thursday, the R&A dismissed a Golf Digest by Joel Beall and Brian Wacker late Wednesday night that cited multiple sources who confirmed that the Open will not be played because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 149th Open, scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England, would be the first Open to be canceled since World War II scrubbed the 1940-45 events. A big reason: insurance. The R&A is covered for a global pandemic, and an undisclosed deadline is looming to collect, Golf Digest reported. Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive, said the report is premature. “We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement,” he said in a statement. “Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve. 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. We will give a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank everyone for their support and understanding in this challenging situation.” The Old Course at St. Andrews is scheduled to host the 150th Open next summer. The Masters and PGA Championship, the season’s first two major events, already have been postponed as the PGA Tour has delayed its season until at least late May to deal with the widening coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. Open, which is run by the U.S. Golf Association, remains on the schedule for June 18-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., in the state with the largest number of coronavirus cases: nearly 84,000 infections and 2,200-plus deaths, or roughly 40 percent of U.S. totals as of early Thursday.
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