The Open Championship has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.
The Open becomes the first of this year’s majors to be cancelled, as the Masters and US PGA have been pencilled in for later in the year.
The tournament was due to take place from 16-19 July at Royal St George’s but the same venue will now host the 149th Open in 2021.
Shane Lowry will not be defending the Claret Jug this year at Royal St. George’s and posted on his twitter page,
“Obviously like everybody else, I’m sad and disappointed that the R&A have had to cancel this year’s Open Championship,” Lowry said.
“At the end of the day people’s health and safety come way before any golf tournament and I’m sure the R&A have thought long and hard on this and made their decision based on everybody’s safety.
“You can trust me when I say the claret jug is going to be in safe hands for another year and I look forward to seeing go all in Royal St George’s in 2021.”
Obviously im disappointed that I won’t get to defend the Open championship this year but I feel the RandA have made the right decisions based on people’s health and safety. See you all in Royal St George’s in 2021 pic.twitter.com/zr7uS80lgH
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) April 6, 2020
It is expected that The US Open is also likely to be be cancelled which is due to be held in Wingfoot (West) New York between June 18 and 21st.