A cornerstone tradition of the United States Open was canceled Monday for this year's tournament. The United States Golf Association, which leads the championship, has determined that the vast system of qualifying rounds, which is held across America and several other countries, and usually selects much of the field for its large tournament from thousands of participants, was unfeasible because of the pandemic of the coronavirus.
The US Open will organize a completely exempt field this year. Players deserve exceptions in countless ways, such as being in the top 60 of the world golf rankings, or being a former champion of the event or other major championship. The US Open, originally scheduled for mid-June at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, NY, was postponed to September 17-20 last month. Other changes to the tournament are being weighed in, including a significant reduction in the number of fans allowed on the golf course, or perhaps hosting the event without spectators.
Three other USGA championships are also held without qualifying rounds: the U.S. Women's Open, which was postponed to December 10-13 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston; the American female amateur, scheduled for August 3-9 at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md .; and the American amateur, scheduled for August 10-16 at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon.
“We are very proud of the fact that many thousands typically come in to pursue their dream. qualifying for a USGA Championship, and we deeply regret that they will not have that opportunity this year, "said John Bodenhamer, senior general manager of championships at USGA." Throughout the process, our primary focus has been the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved, including our players, volunteers, host club representatives and staff. "
Bodenhamer added, "We didn't make these decisions lightly. And I wish we had more options."
The USGA also canceled four other 2020 championships on Monday, bringing the number of canceled championships sponsored by the association to 10.