Qualifying for US Open 2020 golf championship scrapped

Qualifying for US Open 2020 golf championship scrapped

Qualifying for US Open 2020 golf championship scrapped

Winged Foot Golf Club will host the 2020 edition of the major in September, with the coronavirus pandemic having forced a postponement from the original June date.

The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year.

The US Golf Association has cancelled qualifying for the US Open, which remains scheduled for September 17-20 at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.

Both other golf majors in the U.S., the Masters and PGA Championship, have also moved dates because of COVID-19.

Typically half the field qualify to participate through local and sectional tournaments, which makes the event so unique relative to the sport's other major competitions.

It even invested in a marketing campaign that was rolled out in February titled, "From Many, One", to illustrate that more than 9,000 people apply to play in the U.S. Open, eventually yielding to one victor.

Among those that have yet to certify is Phil Mickelson, a runner-up 6 times in the just significant he has not won.

Bodehamer said that the USGA tried to come up with a way to retain the qualifiers, but found it impossible to ensure the safety of the players and the staff if they pushed through. "We're scenario-planning the place we try to find out absolutely the smallest variety of individuals wanted so as to conduct the U.S. Open at Winged Foot".

"As you can imagine, this is a very hard decision, because qualification is the cornerstone of the USGA championship", John Bodenhamer, senior director of championship management for USGA, said in a statement.

"We take great pride in the fact that many thousands typically enter to pursue their dream of qualifying for a USGA championship and we deeply regret that they will not have that opportunity this year", Bodenhamer said. "But this structure provides the best path forward for us to conduct the US Open in 2020".

The USGA also confirmed on Monday that qualifying for the U.S. Open had been cancelled.

Ken Venturi in 1964 as well as Orville Moody in 1969 are the only US Open champs that made it through both phases.

Recent US Open champions to advance from final qualifying included Lucas Glover in 2009 and New Zealand's Michael Campbell in 2005.

USGA has scheduled 108 local qualifications in 45 states with one planned in Canada.

The tournaments canceled include the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, which was scheduled August 29-Sept.

On top of that list, the US Amateur Four-Ball, US Women's Amateur Four-Ball, US Senior Open, US Senior Women's Open were cancelled by the USGA in March and April, while the US Girls' Junior and US Junior Amateur were added to the list last month. The world ranking has been frozen since the shutdown.

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