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Golf Schedule Could See At Least Three Majors, Ryder Cup In '20

Under the proposed schedule, the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights would still be contested
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Under the proposed schedule, the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights would still be contested
Photo: getty images
Under the proposed schedule, the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights would still be contested
Photo: getty images

Golf's governing bodies are "close to unveiling a new schedule that would see at least three major championships" and the Ryder Cup "contested this year," according to Eamon Lynch of GOLFWEEK. The planned joint announcement of a new schedule has been "delayed while the R&A decides if the 149th Open Championship" will be "postponed or canceled entirely." A rescheduled Open would take place at the same venue, Royal St. George’s in England, from Sept. 17-20 -- just "one week before the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin." But if the R&A opts to cancel, that slot on the calendar "could see the U.S. Open played at Winged Foot." Another option "under consideration: holding the U.S. Open later in the year on the West coast." The USGA has had "initial conversations" with two potential venues in California: Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach. USGA Chief Brand Officer Craig Annis acknowledged that conversations are "underway with several alternate venues and did not rule out a move west." Sources said that the Masters is "tentatively penciled in for the week of Nov. 9." Lynch reported the PGA Championship will be "scheduled for Aug. 6-9 at Harding Park" in S.F., to be "followed by the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship and then three FedEx Cup playoff events, culminating with the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend." It is "unclear whether the Tour would seek to begin its 2020-21 wraparound season as usual after the Tour Championship" (GOLFWEEK.com, 4/2).