Tuesday 27 October, 2020

US Open to be played with no golf fans in attendance due to COVID-19

In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Woodland celebrates in front of fans after winning the US Open golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File).

In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Woodland celebrates in front of fans after winning the US Open golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File).

The 2020 US Open will be played without golf fans in attendance due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced the move on Wednesday, with the PGA Tour season having restarted last month.

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The USA has seen more than 4.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the death toll exceeding 153,000.

"Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the US Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved," USGA chief executive Mike Davis said.

"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 US Opens."

The US Open is due to be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York starting on September 17.

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