Winged Foot shutdown complicates fate of U.S. Open

The closure of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., could affect the fate of the U.S. Open, scheduled to be played there in June.

The private 36-hole course shut down Sunday night, according to the (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News, affecting U.S. Open preparations.

On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order, halting all non-essential businesses statewide in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The course sits just three miles from New Rochelle, an East Coast epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. The state of New York has more than 20,000 cases of the coronavirus, including nearly 3,000 in Westchester County, site of Winged Foot.

The USGA said it expects to make an announcement in mid-April about whether to play the U.S. Open as scheduled, June 18-21, postpone or cancel outright.

“There are multiple variables that we need to consider, including the CDC and local guidelines,” USGA chief brand officer Craig Annis told the Journal News. “While construction onsite at Winged Foot has stopped for now, we are continuing to hold the dates for the U.S. Open in June and will monitor all available guidance and regulations.”

The season’s first two majors, The Masters (scheduled for April 9-12 in Augusta, Ga.) and the PGA Championship (scheduled for May 14-17 in San Francisco), already have been postponed.

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