FILE PHOTO: Jun 12, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; USGA ceo Mike Davis taks with the media during the USGA press conference at the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo
(Reuters) – The U.S. Women’s Open has been postponed and moved from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, said the United States Golf Association (USGA) on Friday.
The tournament had been scheduled to be held on the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston but will now also be played on the Cypress Creek layout because of the reduced daylight in December.
“The USGA remains committed to hosting the U.S. Women’s Open in 2020,” said USGA CEO Mike Davis in a statement. “Our priority remains ensuring the safety of all involved with the U.S. Women’s Open, while still providing the world’s best players the opportunity to compete this year.”
Qualifying for the major is expected to be held on rescheduled dates and potentially some new locations.
The U.S. Open becomes the second women’s major to be postponed because of the outbreak.
The ANA Inspiration, which was scheduled for April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California was earlier moved to Sept. 10-13.
While the U.S. Women’s Open has been postponed the men’s U.S. Open, scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, remains unchanged.
Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Christian Radnedge