Mike Davis: 2020 U.S. Open almost held in Los Angeles in December
MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The USGA lifted the veil on how the U.S. Open landed in its post-quarantine September slot with a shocking revelation that the unique Plan B was vastly completely different.
Affiliation CEO Mike Davis defined on Wednesday at Winged Foot, which was initially scheduled to host the championship in June, that due to the preliminary scramble to reorganize the skilled golf calendar within the wake of the pandemic, it appeared as if the U.S. Open could be performed in December.
“To be very clear with you, we thought we had been going to be taking part in the U.S. Open in December in Los Angeles. We had been that shut,” Davis stated.
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The U.S. Open is scheduled to be performed on Los Angeles Nation Membership’s North Course in 2023 and contemplating the early influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the New York metropolitan space there have been issues whether or not the championship could possibly be performed at Winged Foot in 2020, which prompted the potential transfer.
That modified when the R&A introduced this 12 months’s Open Championship could be canceled and gave the USGA some flexibility to reschedule earlier within the fall.
“It actually wasn’t till the day earlier than we went public with the schedule that we realized that the R&A’s Open throughout the pond could not be performed in September,” Davis stated, “which gave us a chance to play in September at this glorious, storied golf course.”