The postponement of golf’s Open Championship this summer is expected to be confirmed in the next few hours.
An emergency conference call between Royal and Ancient officials and its counterparts at Royal St George’s, Kent, where the tournament is due to be staged this summer from July 16-19, began at 10am Tuesday morning.
The talks are aimed at deciding whether to put the event back by 12 months – or wait and attempt to squeeze it into the golfing calendar towards the end of this year, if and when the coronavirus outbreak is under control.
The crisis summit comes shortly after England Golf declared that all courses in the country are now off-limits – and that everyone should stay away from playing on them during the current lockdown period.
England Golf sent out a message to all its members on Monday night, informing them that courses were now closed In the wake of the UK government announcing that everyone must stay at home for the next three weeks.
One issue to resolve for the R&A is that the Open is held at a different venue each year.
St Andrew’s in Scotland is in line to host the 2021 Championships – which is also supposed to be the 150th Open.
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Royal Liverpool Golf Club is staging the Major the following year while Scotland’s Royal Troon is the selected venue for 2023.
The first men's major championship of the year, The Masters, was due to take place on April 9 but was postponed last week.
Other sports have had to postpone events as the world prepares for many months without major events.
The Olympics have today officially been moved to 2021, along with the football European Championships.
Elsewhere in football, it is unclear whether the regular seasons will be able to continue when the pandemic ends.
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