“The Open was attributable to be performed in Kent from 12-19 July however it has been essential to cancel the championship primarily based on steerage from the UK Authorities, the well being authorities, public providers and the R&A’s advisers,” organisers R&A stated in an announcement on Monday.
St Andrews will nonetheless host the 150th British Open, however a 12 months later than scheduled in 2022.
“Our absolute precedence is to guard the well being and security of the followers, gamers, officers, volunteers and workers concerned within the Open. We care deeply about this historic championship and have made this resolution with a heavy coronary heart,” R&A chief govt Martin Slumbers stated.
“Now we have explored each choice for enjoying The Open this 12 months however it isn’t going to be doable.
“We depend on the help of the emergency providers, native authorities and a spread of different organisations to stage the Championship and it could be unreasonable to position any extra calls for on them once they have much more pressing priorities to cope with.
“We respect that this might be disappointing for an incredible many people world wide however we have now to behave responsibly throughout this pandemic and it’s the proper factor to do.”
The British Open is the most recent high-profile event to be axed due to the virus.
Wimbledon was cancelled for the primary time since World Warfare II final week, whereas Euro 2020 and the Olympics have been pushed again a 12 months till 2021.
Eire’s Shane Lowry gained final 12 months’s British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Eire.
“Clearly I am disillusioned that I will not get to defend the Open Championship this 12 months however I really feel the R&A have made the correct choices primarily based on people’s well being and security. See you all in Royal St George’s in 2021,” Lowry tweeted.
Royal St George’s has hosted the British Open 14 instances, most just lately in 2011, when Northern Eire’s Darren Clarke gained the occasion.
Each this 12 months’s Masters and the PGA Championship had been postponed in March due to the well being disaster.
It’s believed organisers nonetheless hope to play these occasions later within the 12 months.
The US Open is at present set to be performed from June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York.
Nonetheless, the US Golf Affiliation (USGA) is anticipated to announce a call on staging the event quickly.