U.S. Open Golf Tournament Will Happen in New York Without Fans

By , WCBS Newsradio 880

One of golf's most prestigious events is back on the calendar and it will be held in Westchester County.

The U.S. Open Championship was scheduled to be held at the Winged Food Golf Club in Mamaroneck in June, but it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There were fears it would be canceled all together, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the event will now be held at Winged Foot from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 without fans.

Without crowds lining the fairways, there will be no economic boon.

The U.S. Open was expected to bring in $120 million for the region, but even without the money, the event is expected to provide a boost to the county's psyche.

"We're going to miss not just the economic activity, but the excitement," said Westchester County Executive George Latimer said. "We'll still have the excitement of having a major tournament. We will still see some of the golfers in the area."

Latimer admits bringing in players and officials does pose risks.

"We're concerned, but we're just as concerned about everything that happens," Latimer said.

Cuomo said the USGA will put protocols in place to protect players and staff, including rigorous protocols for testing, cleaning, use of face coverings and social distancing. 

"We are very grateful to Governor Cuomo and his team for their collaboration over the past few months," USGA CEO Mike Davis said. "We are very proud to give our competitors and champions the opportunity to chase their dreams at the U.S. Open to Winged Foot Golf Club in September. While we will miss having fans on-site, we know this is the right decision to make for the players and the community."

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