USGA- In partnership with the state of New York, the USGA has announced that due to ongoing health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 120th U.S. Open Championship, scheduled Sept. 14-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., will be conducted without spectators on-site.
“Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the U.S. Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “We will miss the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them again to future U.S. Opens.”
“We have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19, and I am so proud of New Yorkers, who rose to the occasion and bent the curve,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “I am pleased to welcome the USGA for the U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club this September, and while the tournament will look different this year with no fans and enhanced safety protocols, this event is a welcome sight for sports fans across the country and will help restore a sense of normalcy as we build back better than before.”
“We are thankful to all of the local and state officials as well as the members and staff at Winged Foot Golf Club who worked so hard to try to help us accomplish our goal of hosting fans this year,” said Davis. “We appreciate all of their efforts and while we are disappointed, we know it was the right decision to make for the community and for the players.”
And there you have it, the least surprising news of the day/week/month/year, the US Open at Winged Foot will not have fans in attendance because of coronavirus concerns. The right call obviously and really just a formality announcement that literally everyone saw coming. I say it every time we get news like this but goddamn what a strange time to be alive folks. Think about it, we didn't even have an Open Championship! It didn't even happen! The record books will not have a 2020 winner of the Open Championship for the first time in like 80 years. 2019 champ Shane Lowry is just gonna be the Champion Golfer of the Year until 2021 because we straight up didn't have an Open Championship in 2020. Fucking wild shit man. And now there's officially not gonna be fans at the US Open.
I am curious to see what it'll be like to have a major without fans. The PGA Championship at Harding Park next week will be the first test of just how weird it'll be and I think it'll be MUCH weirder than the tournament we've watched thus far. No offense to the tournaments that have already happened but it's one thing to not have fans at the Workday Charity Open and the 3M Open. Not having a major feel like a major in terms of atmosphere will be new to everyone. Obviously Muirfield Village would've been rockin' when Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa made their putts on 18 but I think it's gonna be VERY weird to not have fans down the stretch on Sunday at a major. It's gonna feel much much less like an event. But hey, that's the world we're currently living in and that's the way it's gotta be for now.