The 2020 golf season, much like sport across the globe, has been suspended until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The R&A's chief executive, Martin Slumbers, has admitted postponement of the Open Championship this year is a possibility, but no final decision has yet been taken on the fate of the July event at Royal St George's.
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For the first time since the Second World War, the Open Championship will be cancelled, according to a report late Wednesday.
Slumbers said an update on The Open will be made "as soon as we are in a position to do so". The decision comes on the heels of the cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis championship.More news: Grammarly now supports Microsoft Word on Mac
The R&A is desperate for the 149th Open to be played this year because St Andrews has been earmarked for a massive celebration of the 150th edition at the home of golf in 2021.
In March, both the Masters and the US PGA Championship were postponed. The tournament paused between 1940 and 1945 due to World War II.
The sources told Golf Digest that the reason the Open is being canceled rather than postponed like the other majors is an insurance issue.More news: Lady Gaga and Jimmy Fallon's FaceTime Call Was So Awkward
Citing multiple sources, the report by Joel Beall and Brian Wacker states the British Open, scheduled for mid July, will not take place this year. Similar to Wimbledon, the R&A has a policy that shields against a global pandemic, and a source indicated the Open would have to cancel by a certain date in order to collect on its insurance premium.