US Open now in doubt after Winged Foot is closed indefinitely

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The US Open men’s golf major championship has been placed in fresh doubt after Winged Foot Golf Club was closed indefinitely.

The golf course in Mamaroneck, New York, has been shut down as part of an executive order issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has halted all non-essential businesses statewide in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means preparation work for the championship has halted. No grandstands have been built and only essential personnel are now allowed on the course.

The US Open is due to take place at Winged Foot on June 18-21. But now the United States Golf Association faces the prospect of possibly postponing the event, or moving it to a different location, as New York is one of the worst-affected regions in the United States amid the ongoing health crisis.

“There are multiple variables that we need to consider, including the CDC and local guidelines,” USGA chief brand officer Craig Annis told The Journal News. “We are continuing to monitor the situation and making relevant contingency plans. We expect to make a decision sometime in the middle of April.”

“We simply did not want to put anyone at risk,” Annis added. “While construction onsite at Winged Foot has stopped for now, we are continuing to hold the dates for the US Open in June and will monitor all available guidance and regulations from the CDC, WHO and other federal, state and local authorities to do what is in the best interests of the community.”

Both the PGA Championship and The Masters have also been postponed until later this year due to the ongoing health crisis, while the PGA and LPGA Tours are on an extended hiatus.