R&A hopes to play The Open, Women’s British Open as scheduled

R&A is “examining a range of scenarios” for The Open and the AIG Women’s British Open, though officials said Thursday they are hopeful the two tournaments can remain on schedule.

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the golf landscape, including the postponement of both The Masters Tournament and the PGA Championship, as well as the women’s first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration.

The Open is scheduled for July, and the Women’s British Open is planned for August.

“Looking to our professional events this summer, we are undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of our plans to stage The 149th Open at Royal St George’s and the AIG Women’s British Open at Royal Troon, which are four and five months away respectively,” R&A’s statement read.

“This includes 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.”

R&A said it is “closely monitoring the constantly-moving situation” and following the advice of the government, health officials and medical consultants.

On Thursday, the organization canceled two international amateur events: The R&A Student Tour Series Final at St Andrews and Carnoustie, and The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship at Fulford. Both were scheduled for April.


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