Women’s British Open to Go Ahead Without Spectators

By: | Wed 08 Jul 2020 | Comments


The 2020 AIG Women’s British Open will still be held this year but without fans, the R&A has confirmed.

The event, which will be played at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland, was thought likely to go the way of the men’s Open (which has been delayed until 2021) due to coronavirus. However, a ban on spectators and strict Covid-19 testing protocols mean that the women can compete on 20-23 August.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said: “The AIG Women’s British Open is important to the success of women’s professional golf. We have been working closely with our title sponsor AIG, Visit Scotland, Royal Troon and our key advisors to find a way for the Championship to be played safely this year.

“We believe that playing the AIG Women’s British Open is a significant step for players whose playing opportunities have been severely impacted this year. As they compete to be the 2020 champion in historic circumstances, these athletes will continue to inspire golfers and sports fans around the world, who will be closely following events from Royal Troon on TV and social media.” 

In order to ensure players’ safety, the Championship will enforce strict health and safety protocols. For example, only people essential to the competition, namely players, caddies, official, and staging staff will be allowed to enter the grounds, and their movements will be restricted to the golf course and a secure hotel.

Furthermore, everyone involved with the Championship will be tested for Covid-19 and only be allowed to take part if the test is negative. Further daily temperature checks, amongst others, will be carried out to help contain coronavirus.

Following the cancellation of the usual Pre-Qualifying and Final Qualifying events, the field will be made up of the best players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and players who have recently been successful in tournaments on the world’s top tours.

AIG’s President Peter Zaffino said: “As part of our commitment to supporting women in business and society, AIG proudly stands as allies with the world-class field of diverse women golfers who will have an opportunity to compete before a global audience. 

“We appreciate the collaborative efforts of the R&A, the UK and Scottish Governments to implement the necessary health and safety protocols that will allow the 2020 AIG Women’s British Open to be played under safe and responsible conditions.”


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