The 2020 Major Championship Golf Schedule Won't Look Familiar
By Mark Morton on April 7, 2020
To borrow on an old phrase, the 2020 season will not feature your father's major championships. The Coronavrius Pandemic has seen to that, counting the golf calendar as one of it's more trivial victims. In fact, unless you are old enough to remember the end of World War II, you won't be able to recall a year when The Open Championship wasn't played, but that will be the case in 2020 with the official cancellation of the 149th edition of golf's oldest tournament. And with The Masters and U.S. Open moving to the fall, and the PGA reverting to its historic place in August, if any of the tournaments are actually played, this will end up being one strange season.
As of this writing, which is the week that the 2020 Masters would have been played, here's the current schedule:
- PGA Championship, August 6-9, 2020
- U.S. Open Championship, September 17-20, 2020
- The Masters, November 12-15, 2020
The Open Championship will return in 2021, and will shift the upcoming rota back one year. Royal St. George's will maintain its position and host next year's tournament followed by St. Andrews in 2022 for the 150th anniversary. No matter what happens with the rest of the schedule this year, not having an Open Championship on morning television in July, will be unfamiliar for those of us in the USA that look forward to it each summer. I've never not watched this tournament, so I will definitely appreciate it more when health returns to our world and things that we love to do are once again available.
Playing the PGA in late summer will seem like old times, but it will take on an entirely different meaning in 2020 as the year's first major. It will be our first glimpse at the world's best players mixing it up in a grand slam event. How will the players react? What will be the state of their games? It's going to be an interesting watch, and it may be the one and only time that the PGA is the major that golf fans are most excited to see, because it will signal that the game really has returned from these tragic events.
If we do get to the other side of this crisis, and this schedule plays out, it will be an exciting fall. The U.S. Open in September in New York will be much cooler and not sun baked, which could make Winged Foot play even longer. And November could bring us college football, the NFL and The Masters in a single weekend. Imagine the possibilities.
I hope everyone stays healthy. Maintain your social distances and look forward to better times when golf and life return to a new normal and we get to enjoy those things we may have always taken for granted.