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USGA bars spectators from 2020 U.S. Open

Winged Foot Golf Club, like the sites of virtually all professional tournaments since the season restart, will be a fan-free zone

Announced: By the USGA, that the U.S. Open will be played without spectators, the associated disclosed Wednesday in a news release. The decision falls in line with the trend in professional golf, that tournaments will be conducted in tightly controlled settings and without fans because of the global coronavirus pandemic. The Open, which originally was slotted for mid-June, was reset for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., as part of the PGA Tour’s revised schedule. “… hosting the U.S. Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,” said Mike Davis, the USGA’s chief executive officer. In May, the USGA decided to forgo its traditional qualifying tournaments for the Open and assemble an all-exempt field. “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.” The USGA said that all ticket purchases will be refunded via the credit cards used in the transaction.

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