Commemorative tournament to enter the dates of the British Open: Jack Nicklaus
The prestigious golf Commemorative tournament is likely to appear on the calendar in July dates of the canceled British Open, host of the tournament Jack nicklaus He said.
Nicklaus believes that it is unlikely that the Memorial could be organized in its original schedule from June 4 to 7 due to the coronavirus outbreak that affects the United States and much of the world.
Instead, the PGA Tour plans to postpone the event until July 16-19, Nicklaus said.
The tour website currently lists a potential tournament on those dates.
I think they are probably watching the British Open (week), said Nicklaus, who founded the event in 1976 at his Muirfield Village course in Dublin, Ohio.
Speaking on a cbssports.com podcast, the 18-time main champion sounded flexible and ready to work with the tour.
"They're looking at probably British Open (week)," he said. "Right now the Commemorative tournament is still on in its regular date. Whether we'll be ready in the first of June, I seriously doubt it.
I don't know if we'll be ready in mid-July, but we certainly hope.
The Memorial is one of the largest tournaments outside of the majors, regularly attracting a star field and having a great feel in front of massive and knowledgeable galleries.
It has so-called high status on tour, with the winner receiving a three-year exemption, one more than regular tournaments.
Tiger Woods has won the tournament a record five times.
The PGA Tour, like the rest of the sports world, has difficulty planning a resumption given the unpredictable health crisis.
He hasn't played since March 12, when it closed abruptly after the first round of the Players' Championship, a day after the National Basketball Association became the first American sport to stop its season.
The official schedule still has the resumption of competition at the Charles Schwab Challenge (formerly the Colonial tournament) in Fort Worth, Texas, May 21-24.
While the British Open, which had been scheduled for Royal St George's in Kent, has been canceled, the other three majors have been postponed.
The PGA Championship has been rescheduled from August 6 to 9, with the US Open. USA Delayed from September 17 to 20 and the Masters from November 12 to 15.