The 149th Open still on schedule for July, R&A chief confirms
By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 02/04/20 1:14pm
The R&A have denied reports that The 149th Open at Royal St George's will be cancelled outright and held over until 2021.
A report in US-based magazine Golf Digest claimed that "multiple sources" suggested a cancellation of this summer's Open was expected to be announced on Thursday.
But R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers insisted the reports were wide of the mark, although he did admit that a postponement was one of many options being discussed.
"We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement," said Slumbers in a statement. "Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve.
"We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can.
"We will give a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank everyone for their support and understanding in this challenging situation."
Just a day after the All England Club cancelled this year's Wimbledon Championship for the first time since World War II, the erroneous report speculated that The Open would follow a similar fate.
The report claimed the decision would be made based on insurance complications while quoting an anonymous source as saying: "The R&A is the most [insured] of all the tournaments. They have complete cancellation insurance. I just don't see any golf [being played] before August."