Saturday 15 August, 2020

US Open to be played with no fans in attendance

In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Woodland celebrates in front of fans after winning the US Open golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. The USGA announced Wednesday, July 29, 2020, that no fans will be allowed at Winged Foot in New York on Sept. 17-20 for the US Open, noting that the decision was based on health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. (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, Calif. The USGA announced Wednesday, July 29, 2020, that no fans will be allowed at Winged Foot in New York on Sept. 17-20 for the US Open, noting that the decision was based on health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File).

The 2020 US Open will be played with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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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