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That's like substituting a Chevy for a Bently.

I have made my peace with them all being off this year. I generally think that we will be lucky to have anything of the season played at all.

Growing up I never heard it called anything else. Not until 2014 when I joined here did I find out it was THE open.

Golf Digest reporting it as well. 2020 British Open to be canceled due to coronavirus pandemic, sources say - Golf DigestRevealing paragraph from article.Part of the reason the championship is being canceled rather than postponed like the Masters and PGA Championship has to do with insurance, a source says. Similar to Wimbledon, the R&A has a policy that shields against a global pandemic, and a source indicated the Open would have to cancel by a certain date in order to collect on its insurance premium.

“The R&A is the most [insured] of all the tournaments,” a source said. “They have complete cancellation insurance. I just don’t see any golf [being played] before August.”

 

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The UK has had a few foot & mouth outbreaks and while it never seriously effected The Open other sports events were effected so it was probably in their thinking. I'm not surprised the R&A were shrewd enough to get extensive cover.

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I have made my peace with them all being off this year. I generally think that we will be lucky to have anything of the season played at all.

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I can just imagine how that insurance company must be feeling. When they issue that policy they are probably thinking "this is easy money, they play that tournament in every condition but the apocalypse". Then....the apocalypse. I mean its one of those funny, not funny things but they've got to be thinking WTH?

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Can you imagine how much those premiums are going to go up next year...

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The postponement is coming, not quite sure what the R&A gain from trying to crack on with things the way things are looking.

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Lol. Wow. At this point anything printed is believed.

 

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I didn’t say which way I meant that. Could be the second printing. Point stands.

 

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You just had to call it the British didn’t you?! Haha.

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I agree it seems inevitable and I'm sure it's not just a matter of stalling. Must be things to sort before they can announce publicly.

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The big events such as The Open, Ryder Cup etc. would take a massive financial hit if they staged the events but without the revenue from spectators. I imagine it wouldn't be worth it, massive losses.

Regardless, playing without fans isn't the fix-all solution that some are touting it as, much more complicated. Hotels, accommodation, food, transport etc. it's not possible to stage/play an event without breaking the guidelines. How would you go about setting up all the logistics so everyone involved socially distanced in everything they did for the duration of the event.

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Not surprised. Even if things start to calm down in the States and parts or Europe by June, other places that have just started like Mexico and the southern areas will be peaking heavily in that time period. We aren't looking at a vaccine until 2021.... Health experts say 20-60% *of the world's population* may get infected. With death rates varying between 1-4% this is not going away soon, and it won't be pretty.

My guess in most major sports are totally done for the entire year. It will not be worth the risks.

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I agree. It's possible to stage a one-off event like the Phil/Tiger match that's being discussed because of the limited players and broadcast staff needed to produce it. A full field Tour event or even a limited field exhibition such as the Ryder Cup is something else entirely.

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I'm good with everything being cancelled this year. Crush any hopes I have right now and let me get the grieving process going. If I was a prisoner behind bars I'd rather know I'm being released in exactly a year instead of them dangling freedom on me, telling me maybe this date, mayebe that date, or maybe we'll give you some more maybes next week. I mean, let's just call it off and serve me up a major disappointment all in one fell swoop.

I'm hoping this loss of golf for 2020 will have fans flocking back in droves come 2021 and actually watching with their own eyes rather than spectating through their phone screens. A man can dream!!

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