Questions abound for ’21 after Covid-19 hits major golf
Augusta, United States: Dustin Johnson's victory at the 84th Masters completed a major golf year disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic that produced historic winners, but also posed major questions for 2021. Golf leaders were forced to cancel the 2020 Open Championship and other majors were rescheduled, the shuffled lineup capped by an autumn Masters five months before its 2021 edition is planned in its usual April spot. "What was really heartening about the whole thing is that the organizations really worked together in the best interests of the sport," Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said. "I think we came up with a pretty good result." The PGA was shifted from May to August and the US Open moved from June to September, both staying on scheduled courses. The Open Championship was planned for Royal St. George's in July but called off in April. It's set to be played there next year, with the PGA set for Kiawah Island in May and the US Open at Torrey Pines in June, presumably after a Masters in April. While Ridley plans for the 2021 Masters despite "a health crisis unlike the world has faced in our lifetimes," no one knows what's coming before April, from vaccine hopes to tighter lockdown laws. - AFP �Ċ��E ��I9xާ#$��*�l��l