The world of golf has reorganized its entire calendar.
COVID-19 has forced the changes. The pandemic has changed things significantly for every sport, golf included.
Three of the four of the majors have new dates, and The Open has been canceled altogether. A slew of smaller tournaments have new schedules as well.
All of golf’s governing bodies had to come together to make such drastic changes possible. That includes PGA of America, PGA Tour, LPGA, Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, The R&A, and USGA.
Although the timing for events has changed, golf fans and bettors alike still have plenty to look forward to.
This will be the first year that Indiana residents will be able to bet on the major tournaments. Sports betting started in Indiana last year after the tournaments had already concluded.
British Open will not be played in 2020
The British Open is the latest golf event to find itself on the cutting board.
This will be the first time since 1945 that golf’s oldest tournament will not be played. Indiana gamblers will have to wait until 2021 to get their first bets in on the event.
The event was originally going to begin on July 16.
Since that’s so far in advance, it shows that the golf world expects COVID-19 to interfere with sports for the foreseeable future.
Although The Open is the biggest tournament so far to get the ax, it’s not the only one.
Here’s a look at a few of the other future golf events that are no longer happening.
- RBC Heritage
- Zirich Classic of New Orleans
- Wells Fargo Championship
- AT&T Byron Nelson
- Pure Silk Championship
Depending on how the situation plays out, the full list could certainly grow as time goes on.
PGA Championship postponed until August
Golf fans will have to wait a while to see Brooks Koepka go for the three-peat at the PGA Championship.
The tournament was originally scheduled to start on May 14 but has been postponed until August 6.
The PGA Championship is the first of the remaining three majors to take place this year. That’s a strange spot to be in since the tournament normally happens after the Masters.
However, its earlier date makes it the most at-risk for future cancellation. Golf could eventually be down more than one major if the situation doesn’t improve in time to hold the tournament.
US Open pushed to September
The staple of summer golf has also seen a change to its schedule.
Originally slated for a June 16 start, fans will now have to wait until Sept.17 for the US Open.
There’s a bit more concern about the future of this year’s second major because of its location.
The US Open will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club this year, which is only a few miles from New Rochelle, New York. New Rochelle is a COVID-19 containment zone and is the epicenter of New York’s outbreak.
If things don’t improve in the area by later on in the summer, the United States Golf Association is open to moving the tournament to a different location.
The Masters moves to November
The Masters tournament is taking place in the fall for the first time.
The tournament usually kicks off the four majors in April, but will now be the third and final one taking place in 2020.
Originally scheduled to get started on April 9, the tournament has been postponed further into the future than any of golf’s other remaining majors. The Masters will now start on Nov. 12, making that delay a seven-month-long one.
Last year, Tiger Woods took home the green jacket in a memorable performance. It was his fifth Masters win and his first win at a major in nearly 11 years.
Per usual, the tournament will be taking place at Augusta National Golf Club.