But this structure provides the best way forward for us to conduct the US Open in 2020.
A medley of players including amateurs, nonexempt tour pros, club pros, and mini-tour players regularly make their way to these 36-hole events to gain their entry into the U.S. Open.
As a result the 2020 US Open - which is set to be staged at New York's Winged Foot GC, from September 17-20 - will not be a true Open, relying on bigger exemption categories. "We are very proud of the fact that thousands of people usually come in to pursue their dreams of qualifying for the US Open and we are very sorry that they will not have that opportunity this year".
All the changes mean the USGA will now conduct just four championships in 2020 - all at their originally scheduled sites. 3 at Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which was set for September 12-17 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., and Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va., and U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship, which was scheduled for September 12-17 at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.
All four championships will be conducted without qualifying.
The tournaments canceled include the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, which was scheduled August 29-Sept.
The US Open will not have qualifying for the first time considering that 1924.
In 1959, the USGA instituted the two-stage qualifying process.
The field presumably will be smaller because of the later date, though the USGA did not mention the field size in its April 6 announcement that the U.S. Open was moving to September 17-20 at Winged Foot, in Mamaroneck, New York.
Mickelson said in February he would not ask the USGA for an exemption, and that if he didn't qualify or become exempt, he wouldn't play.
The pandemic closed down golf on March 13, 2 months prior to the top 60 in the globe rating would certainly have been excluded for the USOpen The globe position has actually been iced up considering that the closure.
The PGA of America - which organises the biennial event along with the European Tour - have yet to decide whether fans will be admitted or not. Still, it seems very doubtless the match will be performed with out spectators allowed on the grounds, although a USGA official wouldn't verify that on Monday.