By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 02/07/20 5:05pm
The Senior Open has officially been cancelled for 2020, with Sunningdale now hosting the tournament in July next year.
The Championship was scheduled to be played over the historic Old Course later this month, but organisers announced in April it had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The R&A and the Staysure Tour have now confirmed The Senior Open will not take place this year, the first time since the inaugural playing of the tournament in 1987 that it has had to be cancelled.
The news comes just a fortnight after the Staysure Tour announced its entire 2020 season had been abandoned due to the “complexities of staging events across multiple territories”.
Staysure Tour head, Mark Aspland, said: “The decision to cancel The Senior Open Presented by Rolex was extremely difficult, however we would like to thank all of our stakeholders and fans that continue to support us during these extraordinary times.
“We are delighted that we will return to Sunningdale in 2021 for this prestigious championship alongside our valued partners at Rolex, who continue to provide unwavering support for our game, and we will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders in the coming days.”
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director – Championships for The R&A, added: “The Senior Open has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we are deeply disappointed to have to cancel this year’s championship.
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“We are delighted to confirm both the date and venue for the 2021 championship, however, and we look forward all the more to returning to Sunningdale for what promises to be another exciting edition of this prestigious event.”
The Senior Open will now be played from July 22-25, 2021. Tickets and hospitality packages for this year’s cancelled event will be transferred to next year, with The R&A and Staysure Tour offering full refunds for those who are unable or unwilling to attend next July.