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U.S. Open Delayed, British Open Canceled in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

The cancellation of the British Open will occur for the first time since 1945

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The U.S. Open has been delayed and the British Open will not be played at all this this year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The cancellation of the British Open will occur for the first time since 1945, with the R&A choosing to play golf's oldest championship next year at Royal St. George's and move the 150th Open at St. Andrews to 2022.

It was a major piece of golf trying to reconfigure a schedule brought on by the spread of the new coronavirus.

Golf organizations were expected to announced later Monday the PGA Championship moving to August, the U.S. Open going to September and the Masters to be played in November, two week before Thanksgiving.

The organizers of The Masters did reveal they were targeting November 9-15th as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters. "We hope the anticipation of staging the Tournament brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and those who love the game."

This all depends on guidance from government and health authorities.

R&A chief Martin Slumbers said the decision to cancel the British Open was based on guidance from the U.K. government, health authorities and public services.

He said all tickets and other hospitality packages will be shifted to 2021 or fully refunded.

The 149th Open will be played at Royal St George’s from 11-18 July 2021.
The 150th Open will be played at St Andrews from 10-17 July 2022.

CORRECTION (April 6, 2020, 10:53 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the event that was canceled.

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