The closure of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, due to coronavirus concerns has at least temporarily halted preparations there for the 2020 US Open.
The US Golf Association said in a statement to GolfChannel.com that it continues “to hold the dates for the US Open at Winged Foot in June” while it also monitors guidance and regulations from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and state and local authorities.
In the meantime, work that had started on tournament infrastructure such as corporate hospitality tents and grandstands has been halted.
The USGA acknowledged that the championship, programmed for June 18-21, might have to be postponed, but said it was too soon to make that call.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and making relevant contingency plans,” USGA chief brand officer Craig Annis told the Journal News newspaper that serves Westchester County.
“We expect to make a decision sometime in the middle of April.”
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The first two major championships, the Masters and PGA Championship, have already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in England is still programmed for July 16-19.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday of “troubling and astronomical numbers” in the rate of coronavirus infections in the state, saying they were doubling every three days.
The Masters and PGA Championship have already been postponed, and the PGA Tour has canceled eight events. There is talk of the PGA Championship taking over the date vacated by the postponed Olympic Games in late July, with the Masters potentially moving to October.
The last time the U.S. Open was not played was in 1945 due to World War II.
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