The Open Canceled – R&A Announces St George & # 039; s in Kent to organize the 149th championship in 2021

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Royal St George & # 39; s hosted The Open 14 times, most recently in 2011

This year's 149th Open Championship has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament, which is scheduled to take place in July at Royal St George & # 39; s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, is now hosted by the venue in 2021.

R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said, "We've explored all options to play The Open this year, but it's not going to be possible."

It's the first time The Open has been canceled since World War II (1940-45).

The Open is the only one of the four annual golf majors for men to be canceled in 2020.

In March, both the Masters and the PGA Championship were postponed, but the US Open is still being played June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York.

However, it is expected that the United States Golf Association (USGA) will announce a decision to organize the tour names

The 149th Open is now being played in Royal St George & # 39; s of July 11-18, 2021, meaning the R&A can hold the 150th Open at St Andrews in Scotland, July 10-17, 2022.

In a statement on the R&A website, Slumbers added; "We care deeply about this historic championship and made this decision with a heavy heart.

" We appreciate that it will be disappointing to many people around the world, but we must act responsibly during this pandemic and

"We rely on the help of the emergency services, local authorities and a range of other organizations to organize the championship and it would be unreasonable to make additional demands on them when they have much more pressing priorities."

Irish Shane Lowry, who won the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland last year, tweeted: "It's clearly disappointed that I won't be defending the Open Championship this year, but I feel like the R&A made the right decisions based on people's health and safety, see you at Royal St George & # 39; s in 2021. "

The R&A said that all tickets purchased for this year's event will be transferred d to next year's event, with full refunds for people who can no longer attend the event.

Royal St George & # 39; s organized The Open 14 times, most recently in 2011, when Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke opened the

The Open, which started in 1860, was also not held from 1915 to 1919 due to World War I.

The only other previous cancellation came in 1871 when no trophy was available because Tom Morris Jr was allowed to hold the Challenge Belt to win the tournament three times in a row.

The Claret Jug, the current champion golfer of the year award, was introduced in 1872.

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