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The 150th Open Rescheduled for 2022

April 07 2020

The Open was due to be played at Royal St Georges from 12-19 July this year but The R&A has decided to cancel the Championship on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and their advisers. This is the first time since the Second World War that golf’s original Championship, first played in 1860, has been cancelled.

  • The 149th Open will be played at Royal St George’s from 11-18 July 2021.
  • The 150th Open will be played at St Andrews from 10-17 July 2022.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people around the world but this pandemic is severely affecting the UK and we have to act responsibly. It is the right thing to do.

“I can assure everyone that we have explored every option for playing The Open this year but it is not going to be possible.

“In recent weeks we have been working closely with those organisations as well as Royal St George’s, St Andrews Links Trust and the other golf bodies to resolve the remaining external factors and have done so as soon as we possibly could. We are grateful to all of them for their assistance and co-operation throughout this process.”

Euan Loudon, Chief Executive of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “We have sought to support The R&A throughout this process with regular dialogue and forward planning to ensure we could confirm a 2022 host date as soon as it became a realistic possibility.

“Although this turn of events is disappointing, it is the right course and our famous Links will have to wait a further 12 months to host The 150th Open. When that time comes I am sure everyone connected with St Andrews Links and the wider golfing world will ensure it is an even greater celebration of the place and what it means to golfers around the world.”

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