Will the 2020 British Open Get Postponed? Not Yet, but R&A Exploring Secondary Options


GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images. Pictured: A flag flies over the first hole during a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club.

We don’t know much about the 2020 sports calendar at this moment, but what we are sure of is that things will be very different this year. The suspension of the NBA, NHL and MLB, as well as the canceling of the 2020 NCAA Tournament has left the sports schedule in flux.

And, as we’ve all heard over the past 10 days, the situation remains fluid.

At the moment, the 2020 British Open is still slated to start on July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s in England. However, the R&A is preparing to make changes if necessary.

Chief Executive of The R&A, Martin Slumbers, said in a statement that the he was “examining a range of scenarios for staging the championships, with our focus on proceeding as planned, as well as considering other contingency options available to us.”

“We have some time before we start building the infrastructure at both venues and so we are keeping the scheduled dates in place for The Open and AIG Women’s British Open at this point. We recognize that this is a rapidly changing situation and we will keep everyone informed of any changes to our plans.”

The Masters has already been moved from April, though we don’t have a firm date yet, and September’s Ryder Cup has been moved to 2021.

Every tournament through the PGA Championship in mid-May has been canceled or postponed.

For more information on the ever-changing sports calendar, check out our updated tracker here.

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