US Open no longer "open" after USGA eliminates qualifying for 2020

US Open no longer

In March, shortly prior to the coronavirus-enforced shutdown, the USGA unveiled a new marketing slogan - "From Many, One"- which celebrates the almost 10,000 golfers who try to qualify for the major championship, the 156 who participate and the one who is crowned US Open champion.

The USGA has been forced to make a tough decision and cancel qualifiers in order to get the 2020 U.S. Open off the ground.

The USGA also confirmed on Monday that qualifying for the U.S. Open had been cancelled.

Mickelson had previously stated that if he doesn't qualify or become exempt then he would not ask the USGA for an exemption and he would not play. It was at Winged Foot in 2006 (double bogey on 18) where Mickelson had one of his many near-misses in this major.

"We take great pride in the fact that many thousands typically enter to pursue their dream of qualifying for a USGA championship and we deeply regret that they will not have that opportunity this year", Bodenhamer said. But this structure provides the best way forward for us to conduct the US Open in 2020.

The pitch, about half of which is usually made with players who have passed local and part qualifications, will only consist of exceptions.

It was 2009 when Glover won at Bethpage Black as a sectional qualifier.

The US Golf Association is cancelling qualifying for the US Open, which remains scheduled for Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, in September.

For the first time since the early days of the championship, the 120th US Open, scheduled for September 17-20, will be held without an annual qualifying tournament.

When the U.S. Open was postponed, 50 players were exempt through various categories, such as past champions the last 10 years or top 10 from last year's U.S. Open, major champions from the last five years and the top 30 players who reached the Tour Championship last year.

The USGA spokesman added: "Given continued health and safety concerns - as well as the potential burden on allied golf sssociations and the courses scheduled to host qualifying - conducting hundreds of qualifiers across the country for the US Women's Amateur, US Amateur, US Open and US Women's Open was not seen as a viable option". It was uncertain when it would certainly return to since while the PGA Tour is to return to on June 11, circuits in Europe, Japan as well as Asia have not claimed when they would certainly return.

The USGA, on the other hand, has actually shed 10 champions to the coronavirus. It claimed Monday that 4 even more were terminated the US Mid-Amateur as well as Women's Mid-Amateur, as well as the US Senior Amateur as well as US Senior Women's Amateur.

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