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R&A cancels British Open for 1st time since WWII

Announcement comes minutes after the European Tour clears its schedule up to the U.S. Open in mid-June by scrapping the Trophee Hassan II and Scandinavian Mixed events

Canceled: By the R&A, the British Open, officials announced in a statement Monday, citing concerns about the widening coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled to have been played July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England. It is the first time that golf’s oldest championship, which dates to 1860, has been canceled since the 1940-45 editions because of World War II. The 149th Open will be played at Royal St. George’s on July 15-18 next year, pushing the 150th Open back a year, to 2020 at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. “Our absolute priority is to protect the health and safety of the fans, players, officials, volunteers and staff involved in The Open,” said Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive. “We care deeply about this historic Championship and have made this decision with a heavy heart. We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people around the world but this pandemic is severely affecting the UK and we have to act responsibly. It is the right thing to do.” The announcement came only minutes after the European Tour cleared its schedule up to mid-June. In a statement issued by the European Tour, the Trophee Hassan II was postponed and the Scandinavian Mixed was canceled. The Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Meryem Cup, which was scheduled to be played concurrently on June 4-7 with the Trophee Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco, also was postponed. No new dates were announced. The Scandinavian Mixed, an innovative event that was to have been hosted by Swedish major champions Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam on June 11-14 in Stockholm, would have featured men and women competing head-to-head for the first time on the same course, for one purse and one trophy. The PGA Tour schedule lists the Charles Schwab Challenge on May 21-24 as the return to competition.

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