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R&A optimistic about holding British Open in July

The British Open was the one one of many 4 main championships that was canceled final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though the coronavirus continues to be raging all through the world, Rohal and Ancient chief government Martin Slumbers mentioned this week that they’ve “cautious optimism” that the match will be held in July.

“We are acutely aware that this remains a difficult time for so many people and the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing substantial disruption to all our lives but there is growing cause for optimism with the rapid roll-out of the vaccination program,” Slumbers said in a statement. “There are undoubtedly many more pressing concerns facing people at the moment but we are trying to look forward with cautious optimism. We believe that seeing the world’s best men’s golfers in action at golf’s original championship will bring some much needed joy and excitement back into our lives this summer.”

The British Open is at present scheduled for July 15-18 at Royal St. Geoge’s — which sits about 80 miles outdoors of London on the United Kingdon’s southeast coast. The course was set to host final yr’s match. Next yr’s British Open, which would be the one hundred and fiftieth enjoying of the championship, is ready to happen at St. Andrews.

Will followers be allowed on the British Open?

While Slumbers sounds dedicated to internet hosting the occasion in July, it seemingly gained’t look the identical.

The United Kingdom has seen almost 4 million whole instances of the coronavirus as of Thursday, according to The New York Times, and is now averaging greater than 16,000 new instances every day — which is considerably down from it’s worst spike in early January.

The nation has been in a nationwide lockdown since Jan. 8, one thing Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out amid case spikes and a brand new coronavirus variant that swept by means of the United Kingodm.

The British Open continues to be about 5 months out, and lots can change earlier than then. Most occasions thus far on the PGA Tour, nevertheless, have been held both with out followers fully or with a really small quantity allowed in. The Masters match in April is planning to permit a restricted variety of followers to observe at Augusta National, although it’s unclear what number of.

Slumbers, although he desires followers on the course at Royal St. George’s, mentioned the R&A is planning for quite a few situations.

“We continue to plan for a full-scale Championship but also have robust plans in place for a reduced capacity or behind closed doors model,” he said in a statement.

“I can also assure you that we would like nothing more than to welcome you, our amazing fans, to The Open once again this July. We will be doing all we can to make that happen while ensuring the safety of all involved and following all necessary government guidance.”

The Open signage on the 18th during day one of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

The R&A is optimistic about holding the British Open in July. (Richard Sellers/PA Images/Getty Images)

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