US Open in doubt as Winged Foot closes indefinitely by executive order

Sean O'Shea  

Winged Foot Golf Club. Photo by David Cannon

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order which has resulted in the indefinite closure of Winged Foot Golf Club, host venue of this years U.S. Open.

New York remains the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the USA, which is in New Rochelle, just three miles from Winged Foot.

The USGA expects to announce in May whether the championship will be played at Winged Foot, moved to another site, postponed or cancelled. 

"There are multiple variables that we need to consider, including the CDC and local guidelines," USGA chief brand officer Craig Annis said on Monday. "We are continuing to monitor the situation and making relevant contingency plans.  

"We expect to make a decision sometime in the middle of April."

“While construction onsite at Winged Foot has stopped for now, we are continuing to hold the dates for the US Open in June (18-21) and will monitor all available guidance and regulations from the CDC, WHO (World Health Organisation) and other federal, state and local authorities to do what is in the best interests of the community.”

Greenkeeping staff are permitted to enter the grounds, albeit in limited numbers, to maintain the West Course in the hope of continuing as planned with the US Open in June, although that now looks a remote prospect.

Finding a new date for the U.S. Open might be difficult with the Masters and PGA Championship already postponed. There is be a July 30-August 2 date available, as the Olympics is now postponed.

Winged Foot has a storied history of hosting national championship golf on their two Albert W. Tillinghast-designed courses. They have hosted five U.S. Opens, the 1940 U.S. Amateur, the 1949 Walker Cup, and a PGA Championship on our West Course. The East Course has been the site of two U.S. Women's Opens and the inaugural U.S. Senior Open. The 2004 U.S. Amateur was played over both courses.


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