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The USGA announced today that due to the unprecedented
nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued uncertainty surrounding it, several additional
changes have been made to the 2020 championship season schedule:
The 120th U.S. Open, which was scheduled to be held June 18-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club in
Mamaroneck, N.Y., has been postponed. The championship has been rescheduled to Sept. 17-20 at
“We are hopeful that postponing the championship will offer us the opportunity to mitigate health and
safety issues while still providing us with the best opportunity to conduct the U.S. Open this year,” said
Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “We are incredibly thankful to the membership and staff at Winged Foot
for their flexibility and support. We are also grateful for the wonderful collaboration among the
professional tours and other majors in working through a complicated schedule.”
The USGA is currently evaluating how the postponement will affect exemption categories,
and definitive changes will be communicated as soon as possible. As previously announced, the USGA
will strive to conduct qualifying that fits health and safety guidelines while accommodating the
rescheduled championship dates.
More information about the postponement can be found here.
U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championships
In addition to the postponement of the U.S. Open, the USGA has made the decision to cancel the U.S.
Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championships for 2020.
The 41st U.S. Senior Open had been scheduled for June 25-28 at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I.
The 41st edition of the championship will now be played at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club from July 8-11,
2021. The 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open, which was scheduled to take place July 9-12 at Brooklawn
Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., will not be conducted this year. More information about future sites and
dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Canceling this year’s Senior Open championships was a very difficult decision to make,” said Davis. “Not
only are they important pillars of our championship schedule, but we also value our relationships with
both Newport Country Club and Brooklawn Country Club and were looking forward to staging incredible
events there this summer. Given the ongoing health and safety issues related to COVID-19 and the
significant consolidation of schedules into the back half of 2020, including the postponement of the U.S.
Women’s Open and U.S. Open, we felt it necessary to make these unfortunate adjustments to our 2020
More information regarding the Senior Open championships can be found here.
Remaining USGA Amateur Championships
The USGA will continue to rely on CDC and WHO recommendations in determining schedule
considerations for the remaining eight 2020 amateur championships. The first two scheduled
championships for 2020, the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, were
canceled on March 17.
On April 3, the USGA announced the postponement of the 75th U.S. Women’s Open to Dec. 10-13 at
Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. For more USGA schedule updates, visit usga.org.
About the USGA
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1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S.
Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing,
equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is
home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy
and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we
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