U.S. Senior Open at Newport Canceled
The USGA has announced that the U.S. Senior Open that was scheduled to be held at Newport Country Club has been canceled.
“Canceling this year’s Senior Open championships was a very difficult decision to make. Not only are they important pillars of our championship schedule, but we also value our relationships with both Newport Country Club and Brooklawn Country Club and were looking forward to staging incredible events there this summer. Given the ongoing health and safety issues related to COVID-19 and the significant consolidation of schedules into the back half of 2020, including the postponement of the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open, we felt it necessary to make these unfortunate adjustments to our 2020 championship plans,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be held from June 25 to June 28.
Providence College men’s basketball coach Ed Cooley and former New England Patriots star Rodney Harrison were co-chairmen of the event.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open was also canceled.
U.S. Open Postponed
While the Senior Opens are canceled, the USGA announced that the U.S. Open, which was set to be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in mid June has been rescheduled.
The tournament will now take place from September 17-20.
“We are hopeful that postponing the championship will offer us the opportunity to mitigate health and safety issues while still providing us with the best opportunity to conduct the U.S. Open this year. We are incredibly thankful to the membership and staff at Winged Foot for their flexibility and support. We are also grateful for the wonderful collaboration among the professional tours and other majors in working through a complicated schedule,” said Davis.
According to the USGA, they are currently evaluating how the postponement will affect exemption categories, and definitive changes will be communicated as soon as possible.