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U.S. Open cancels first stage of qualifying

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Brooks Koepka of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 16, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California.

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ByEurosport UK
17/03/2020 at 21:10 | Updated 17/03/2020 at 21:10

The first stage of qualifying for this year's U.S. Open has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) announced on Tuesday.

The championship scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York is still on, however, with the USGA labelling speculation as to its status as premature.

"We will continue to monitor all available guidance and regulations from (health authorities) to do what is in the best interests of our community," it said in a statement.

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The news follows the announcement last Friday that the first major of the year, the April 9-12 Masters, had been postponed.

The second major, the PGA Championship, scheduled for May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, is in doubt, though no announcement has been made.

More than 9,000 players usually try to qualify for the U.S. Open, with all but a few of the most elite starting with local qualifiers.

Qualifiers had been scheduled for more than 100 locations in the U.S. and one in Canada between April 27 and May 12.

The USGA said it will "look to redesign qualifying going forward as events unfold".

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