Today, the PGA announced a reconfigured 2020 schedule. It now features the cancellation of The Open Championship. It also set new dates for the three remaining major championships.
The PGA Championship will be the year’s first major on Aug. 6-9. Also, the U.S. Open will now take place Sept. 17-20 and the Masters have been moved to Nov. 12-15. The Ryder Cup will remain Sept. 25-27, while the FedEx Cup playoffs have been pushed back one week to begin Aug. 10.
President Donald Trump met with commissioners of major sports leagues on Saturday. At the meeting were also the PGA and LPGA. Trump would not publicly commit to a date for sports to return but told reporters he thinks it will be “sooner rather than later”:
“I want fans back in the arenas whenever we’re ready and as soon as we can. The fans want to be back. They want to see basketball and baseball and football and hockey. They want to see their sports.
“They want to go out on the golf courses and breathe nice, clean, beautiful fresh air. I can’t tell you a date [when sports will start again], but I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.”
The PGA has been on hiatus since last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. No other major sports leagues that postponed their seasons have announced formal return dates.
The PGA’s announcement of set dates could put the tour in a position of having to announce more postponements. However, it is possible that the PGA could cancel events if the pandemic goes longer than expected.