A number of majors and other golf tournaments were either postponed or canceled all over the world in 2020 due to COVID-19. However, professional golf returned in June and has operated relatively smoothly—and on schedule—since. Golf betting has also been a major source of action for NJ sportsbooks.
The 2019-20 PGA Tour season saw three out of four majors postponed and the other canceled (The Open Championship).
Two of the three postponed majors were moved to a rescheduled 2020-21 PGA Tour season. The PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco was the only major played as a part of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.
There will be a 2020 Masters, but it will be held in November as a part of the 2020-21 schedule. A revised 2019-20 season resumed the weekend of June 8 with the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The revamped PGA Tour will continue without fans in attendance at tournaments through the beginning of September. Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule:
- Aug. 24-30: BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Illinois (FedEx Cup playoffs)
- Aug. 31-Sept. 7: Tour Championship, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia (FedEx Cup playoffs)
The PGA Tour has also released the fall portion of its 2020-21 schedule, including the following dates in the remainder of 2020:
- Sept. 7-13: Safeway Open, Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, California
- Sept. 14-20: U.S. Open, Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York
- Sept. 21-27: Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin
- Sept. 21-27: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
- Oct. 5-11: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Oct. 12-18: The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea
- Oct. 19-25: Zozo Championship, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
- Oct. 26-Nov. 1: World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
- Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Bermuda Championship, Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda
- Nov. 2-8: Houston Open, Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas
- Nov. 9-15: Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
- Nov. 16-22: The RSM Classic, Sea Island Resort (Seaside and Plantation), Sea Island, Georgia
- Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleón Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Hero World Challenge, Albany, New Providence, Bahamas
- Dec. 7-13: QBE Shootout, Tiburón GC, Naples, Florida
- Dec. 14-20: PNC Father-Son Challenge, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida
The 2020 LPGA Tour season started in January 2020. The following list of LPGA tournaments was played before the season was suspended in February due to the pandemic:
- Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
- Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio
- ISPS Handa Vic Open
- ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
More than a dozen events were canceled or moved, including the cancellation of one major: the Evian Championship in France previously scheduled for Aug 6-9. The LPGA was set to return beginning July 31.
The rest of the 2020 LPGA schedule now looks like this:
- Aug. 27-30: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (Arkansas)
- Sep. 10-13: ANA Inspiration [Major] (California)
- Sep. 17-20: Cambia Portland Classic (Oregon)
- Sep. 24-27: Kia Classic (California)
- Oct. 1-4: ShopRite LPGA Classic (New Jersey)
- Oct. 8-11: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship [Major] (Pennsylvania)
- Oct. 15-18: Buick LPGA Shanghai (China)
- Oct. 22-25: BMW Ladies Championship (South Korea)
- Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA (Taiwan)
- Nov. 6-8: Toto Japan Classic (Japan)
- Nov. 19-22: Pelican Women’s Championship (Florida)
- Dec. 3-6: Volunteers of America Classic (Texas)
- Dec. 10-13: U.S. Women’s Open (Texas)
- Dec. 17-20: CME Group Tour Championship (Florida)
2020 PGA Championship
The PGA Championship was the only one of golf’s four majors played as a part of the 2019-20 season. It was played Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
The 2019-20 PGA Tour will include the FedEx Cup playoffs over two tournaments at the end of August and beginning of September.
These are the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois, Aug. 24-30, and the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Aug. 31-Sept. 7.
There will be a 2020 US Open. However, the event is being held as a part of the fall portion of the 2020-21 PGA Tour. The 2020 US Open is now scheduled to take place at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, Sept. 14-20, 2020.
The 2021 US Open is scheduled for its usual time in mid-June:
- Dates: June 17-20
- Course: Torrey Pines South Course in San Diego
The 2020 Ryder Cup was scheduled to take place at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, on Sept. 21-27 but has been postponed until Sept. 24-26, 2021. Following Ryder Cups will also now take place in odd years (2023, 2025, etc.)
There will be a 2020 Masters. However, the event is now being held as a part of the fall portion of the 2020-21 PGA Tour schedule. The 2020 Masters is now scheduled to take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, Nov. 9-15, 2020.
Golf’s 2019-2020 European Tour was also impacted by COVID-19, with several tournaments canceled or rescheduled.
The European Tour took three months off following the Qatar Masters in March 2020, but resumed with an altered schedule in July including two events in Austria, a six-tournament UK swing and three events in Spain and Portugal.
Here’s a look at the upcoming events on the European Tour through the end of 2020:
- Aug. 27-30: UK Championship at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
- Sept. 3-6: Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters at Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
- Sept. 10-13: Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
- Sept. 17-20: Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos at Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Óbidos, Portugal
- Oct. 1-4: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Kingsbarns, Scotland, Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland, and Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland
- Oct. 8-11: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
- Oct. 15-18: BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
- Oct. 29-Nov. 1: WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
- Nov. 12-15: Magical Kenya Open at Karen CC, Nairobi, Kenya
- Dec. 3-6: Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player at Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa
- Dec. 3-6: Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club, Brisbane, Australia
- Dec. 10-13: DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE
The 2020 Open Championship was scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. It was canceled due to the pandemic. The 2021 Open Championship is now scheduled for July 15-18 at Royal St. George’s instead.
The Presidents Cup is a golf match series between a team from the US and an international team. It is similar to the Ryder Cup where Europe competes against the US.
The Presidents Cup has been held biennially in odd-numbered years since the cancellation of the 2001 Ryder Cup due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It will now revert back to even-number years due to the pandemic impacting the Ryder Cup schedule.
It was scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, 2021. However, the next Presidents Cup will now be held at Quail Hollow Club, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sept. 22-25, 2022.
The Solheim Cup is a golf tournament contested by women’s teams representing Europe and the US. It was held in even years from 1990 until 2002, alternating with the Ryder Cup. It then switched to odd numbered years beginning in 2003.
The next Solheim Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio, at the Inverness Club.