On Wednesday it was announced by many media outlets that according to Kyle Porter of CBS Sports, the R & A chief executive Martin Slumbers says the organizers are taking the time to make a decision and a further update will soon be made. The 2020 British Open could follow the decisions made by those in charge of the Masters, PGA Championship and United States Open, and decide to postpone the major.
Jul 17, 2019; Portrush, County Antrim, IRL; General View of the classy 2019 British Open Northern Ireland Commemorative Callaway Bag that was given to participants during a practice round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Portrush Golf Club – Dunluce Course. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
However, due to the colder weather conditions in England, it is much easier to have a major golf tournament in Great Britain in the summer rather than the spring or fall that British Open organizers had followed Wimbledon’s lead and would cancel their major tournament. However, not so fast. On Thursday, the Royal and Ancient (known as the R & A) put out a statement that they are considering all options at this time, but have not yet made the final determination to outright cancel the event because of coronavirus.
This has been a primary theme of discussion for fans of the sport who, considering the present situation, have more actively been looking for distractions during this unsettling time. For Brits, unconventional and digital means of entertainment have seen an up-tick and there has been an increased need for the professional sports community to find ways to engage with their audience. Strange as it may seem, this has been where creative online gambling opportunities come to play.
Finding odds on things like, will the British Open be off or on, what will be the date of the official announcement, and so on have started to come on the scene. Not to be left on the sidelines given the economic downturn, many fans are turning to betting offers on mybettingsites.co.uk which allows you to compare a selection of top UK betting sites in order to allow the player choose which site and which offers best meet their particular interest.
Players and fans alike have been using sites like MyBettingSites to help them gather the information they need to decide which betting site and opportunity is right for them.
Jul 16, 2019; Portrush, County Antrim, IRL; The caddy to Mikumu Horikawa with British Open themed head covers during a practice round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Portrush Golf Club. There has been some conversation surrounding the event, that the new fashion statement at this years British Open may be facemasks instead of hats and visors – Dunluce Course. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
For the time being, the 2020 British Open is scheduled to take place at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England from July 16-19, 2020 in the county of Kent. The event was to be the 149th British Open, and if it does take place at those scheduled dates, it could be the first major of the season.
However, as we know this deadly virus called COVID-19 may just have other ideas. In Great Britain alone, there are 33 718 cases with 2921 deaths. There are also 24 638 cases in England. Two high profile English citizens with coronavirus are British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles.
Mar 6, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Zung Kang (left) talks with his caddie Damon Green who formerly caddied for Zach Johnson (not pictured) in his 2015 British Open win, which was an unbelievable showing from this premiere golfer and one that is expected to be repeated during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
On Wednesday, Wimbledon was cancelled for 2020. It is the first time that the prestigious tennis tournament will not be played since 1945. One major reason for the cancellation is because it was considered a “logistical impossibility” to organize the event with all of the new social distancing rules that have been put in place by the British government.