By Jack Ryan
The coronavirus has played havoc with all of our lives, especially the world of sports.
Now catch this:
Golf’s organizers announced a revamped schedule for 2020 that will see The Open canceled, the PGA Championship moved to August, the U.S. Open in September, the Ryder Cup remaining in its original dates and the Masters in November — all predicated on clearance from health officials.
The Open, scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, will not be played for the first time since World War II. The R&A said it will play the championship in 2021 at Royal St. George’s, meaning the 150th celebration at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, will be moved to 2022.
The PGA Championship, originally scheduled for May 14-17, is moving to Aug. 6-9 at Harding Park in San Francisco.
The U.S. Open, originally scheduled for June 16-19 at Winged Foot in Mamoroneck, N.Y., is moving to Sept. 17-20, one week prior to the Ryder Cup.
The Ryder Cup, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin, will remain in its original date, Sept. 25-27.
The Masters, which was supposed to take place this week at Augusta National, is moving to Nov. 12-15.
The PGA Tour will move the end of its FedEx Cup playoff schedule back a week allowing for the PGA Championship to take place in early August. The Tour Championship will now be played Labor Day weekend, with the tour saying it will announce other aspects of its schedule at a later time.