The United States Golf Association has postponed the 75th United States Women's Open from early June to mid-December on Friday, a notable sign that golf governing bodies seriously weigh the data by the end of this year as they struggle to resist an ever-growing list of major delayed events.
The Women's Open will now be contested from December 10 to 13 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, which would host the June 4 event. 7. It would be the first female major to be held in December.
“The U.S.G.A. remains committed to hosting the U.S. Women's Open in 2020, "Mike Davis, the USGA CEO, said." Our priority remains to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the US Women's Open, while still being the best players in the world always offer the opportunity to compete this year. "
It is the third female major to be postponed in recent weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, behind the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship. The ANA Inspiration, originally planned for this month, has been moved to September 10-13. The Evian Championship has been moved back two weeks to August 6-9.
The postponement is another break from the golf calendar and joins the delayed majors of the men – the Masters, which were usually played in April in Augusta, Ga. and the PGA Championship, which was scheduled for mid-May in San Francisco. No scheduled dates have been announced. A fourth major for men, the British Open, is tending naa r Postponement, perhaps until 2021.
A decision to postpone the US Open for Men, which is expected to begin June 11 at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, NY, is expected from the USGA next week, organizers of the tournament. While the U.S.G.A. would like to keep the event on Winged Foot, the decision to move the Women's Open to December – instead of planning it in an earlier month – indicates it would be wiser to target late 2020 as potential landing sites for large-scale sports events. But holding a US Open in December would mean moving the event from the northeastern United States due to shorter daytime hours and weather conditions.
Even in Houston, the more moderate location for the Women's Open, the U.S.G.A. has had to make concessions to enable a winter start. It announced on Friday that it would use two golf courses in Houston simultaneously for the first two rounds of the Women's Open.
In addition, both the Men & # 39; s Opens will be broadcast on Fox, which is expected to air a full slate of NFL games in late season in December.