The 2020 British Open has been cancelled due to Coronavirus, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, or R&A, announced on Monday. It’s the first time since World War II that the golf championship has been canceled.
The British Open is the oldest golf tournament. It’s one of the four majors, which also include the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and The Masters.
Also on Monday, the USGA announced it is postponing the U.S Open, which was scheduled to start June 18, to Sept. 17-20.
The R&A said tickets and hospitality packages for the 2020 British Open would be valid for use in 2021. People who don’t want to attend next year will receive a full refund.
“Our absolute priority is to protect the health and safety of the fans, players, officials, volunteers and staff involved in The Open. We care deeply about this historic Championship and have made this decision with a heavy heart,” said Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A. “We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people around the world but we have to act responsibly during this pandemic and it is the right thing to do.”
The Augusta National Golf Club announced on March 13 that The Masters, the PGA Tour’s first major event, which was scheduled to start April 9, was getting postponed to a later date.