R&A says it’s still considering options for 149th Open Championship scheduled for July

April 2, 2020
The Open Championship is scheduled for Royal St. George's on July 16-19.

R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers said his organization has yet to make a decision regarding the 149th Open Championship scheduled for Royal St. George’s on July 16-19.

In a press release issued Thursday, Slumbers said “we are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement.”

“Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve,” he continued. “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.”

Golf Digest, citing sources, reported on Wednesday that The Open would be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wimbledon Championships were canceled on Wednesday for just the first time since World War II in 1945. Wimbledon was scheduled for June 29 to July 12, wrapping up the weekend before The Open, which is in Sandwich, Kent, and just 100 miles to the east of Wimbledon.

The 2020 Masters and PGA Championship have already been postponed, and a decision on the U.S. Open scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York is expected in the next couple of weeks.

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