British canceled, Masters moved to fall

By now, practice rounds would be underway at Augusta, but due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, The Masters have been rescheduled for November.

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April 7, 2020 - 9:59 AM

A guard at the main gate to Augusta National Golf Club on Magnolia Lane warns away visitors on what would have been the first practice round for the Masters on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified Nov. 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters. Photo by Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain’s best at Brookline in 1913 to put golf on the map in America.

And the oldest championship of them all won’t even be played.

Golf organizations tried to salvage a season unlike any other Monday with a series of changes, starting with the British Open being canceled for the first time since 1945. The PGA Championship, which last year moved to May, would go back to August. That would be followed by the PGA Tour’s postseason, the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup in consecutive weeks, and then the Masters on Nov. 12-15.

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