US Open plans halted at Winged Foot by Governor’s order

Bernie McGuire
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US Open plans halted at Winged Foot by Governor’s order

Padraig Harrington 2006 US Open Championship Fourth Round Winged Foot Golf Club West Course Mamaroneck, NY Sunday, June 18 2006 (Photo by Darren Carroll/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

First it was the Masters being postponed and then the PGA Championship indicated it would also be postponed.

We had the R&A indicating it would be going ‘ahead as planned’ with the hosting of golf’s oldest Open at Royal St. George’s.

Now it’s the turn of the US Open with the USGA unable to go ahead with massive set-up arrangements at Winged Foot due to an executive order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The ‘order’ has resulted in the indefinite closure of the famed Long Island club. It has not helped also that New York has been, to date, the hardest hit of all the American states by the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to officials from the USGA, a decision about what to do about the event is expected to come within a few weeks.

As it stands, all construction of the infrastructure such as grandstands and corporate, merchandise and concession tents has been halted at Winged Foot. There is also understood to be no USGA staff on site at Winged Foot at the moment.

“We continue to hold the dates for the US Open at Winged Foot in June and monitor all available guidance and regulations from the CDC, WHO and other federal, state and local authorities to do what is in the best interests of the community for the health and safety of all those involved,” the USGA said in a statement.

“We had previously stopped the build of our corporate hospitality tents and are creating contingency plans should we need to pivot, given that postponement is a possibility.

“It is premature at this point to speculate on any potential date or location changes, but we expect to make a decision sometime in the middle of April.”

The US Open, the third of the four Majors this year, is due to be held from June 18th to 21st and it will be the sixth hosting of the US Open at Winged Foot since legendary Bobby Jones, as an amateur, won by a remarkable 23 shots in the first hosting for the 1929 US Open.

The last time the US Open was not played was in 1945 due to World War II.

 

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