The 2020 US Open Won't Be Open
Sometimes, words used in titles become so much of an afterthought that we ultifmately forget what they mean.
As in US Open or British Open, the latter of which is more often called The Open.
In a major sports championship, it's a damn cool word, and it should never be taken for granted that in golf, two of the game's most coveted trophies can be won by anyone who manages to qualify for the title tourney.
Unfortunately, in 2020, the silent scourge that is Covid-19 has upended equal opportunity with one of its own.
It's gonna fill 100% of its field with players who've been exempted from qualifying.
Yes, it's a bummer for some, but an understandable one.
Four other USGA events have also been crossed off the calendar:
- US Mid-Amateur,
- Women's Mid-Amateur,
- Senior Amateur, and
- Senior Women's Amateur
Besides the US Open, the USGA's other three major events will also be exemption-only:
The US Open has been rescheduled from June to 17-20 Sep at Winged Foot, as golf's about to see its latest Grand Slam ever, and this year it's more of a kinda Slam:
- The Open has been cancelled outright;
- The PGA Championship returns to its old slot in August, going to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco on 6-9 August;
- The Masters will fittingly end the season on 15-17 November.
All of those dates, of course, are subject to how the pandemic is treating everyone. That, in turn, is subject to how everyone decides to treat the pandemic.
Because as far as Covid-19 is concerned, there are still no examptions.