Coronavirus: US Open qualifying cancelled

The US Open cancels qualified tournaments allowing exceptions

This year's US Open, scheduled to be hosted at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck in NY, was postponed from June due to the crisis, and is now scheduled for September 17 to 20.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is yet to make a decision on whether spectators will be able to attend this year's U.S. Open. The USGA often points out that typically half of the 156-man field has to go through either 36-hole qualifying or 18-hole and 36-hole qualifying.

Phil Mickelson is among the pros who now isn't exempt for this year's U.S. Open, and had previously said he wouldn't ask the USGA for an exemption.

Mickelson had previously stated that if he doesn't qualify or become exempt then he would not ask the USGA for an exemption and he would not play. Winged Foot is where Mickelson made dual bogey on the last opening in 2006 to shed by one.

"As you can imagine, this is a very hard decision, because qualification is the cornerstone of the USGA championship", John Bodenhamer, senior director of championship management for USGA, said in a statement. "We take great pride in the fact that many thousands typically enter to pursue their dream of qualifying for a USGA championship and we deeply regret that they will not have that opportunity this year. But this structure provides the best path forward for us to conduct the US Open in 2020".

But the USGA has decided the challenge of staging even the 15 sectional qualifiers is too great while the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 90,000 people in the USA.

For now, the US Open 2020 on Winged Foot remains the rescheduled date in September, but an important part of the qualification process will be changed.

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Ken Venturi in 1964 and Orville Moody in 1969 are the only U.S. Open champions who got through both stages.

The USGA had scheduled 108 native qualifiers in 45 states with one deliberate in Canada.

Aside from the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open will nonetheless be performed, as will the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur.

On top of that list, the US Amateur Four-Ball, US Women's Amateur Four-Ball, US Senior Open, US Senior Women's Open were cancelled by the USGA in March and April, while the US Girls' Junior and US Junior Amateur were added to the list last month. It was unclear when it would resume because while the PGA Tour is to resume on June 11, circuits in Europe, Japan and Asia have not said when they would return.

The USGA has also cancelled the US Mid-Amateur, Women's Mid-Amateur, Senior Amateur and Senior Women's Amateur tournaments.

The USGA, on the other hand, has actually shed 10 champions to the coronavirus.

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