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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Tiger Woods lines up his putt on the fourth green during the final round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on February 25, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The United States Golf Association announced the decision Monday and said that staging the numerous events around the country — with three sectionals held outside of the United States — proved to be too difficult amid the corona virus pandemic.. A bit of charm will be missing this year as local and sectional qualifying for the event has been canceled…

 

US Open no longer 'open,' eliminates qualifying for major

The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open at Winged Foot from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. Open qualifying is the hallmark of golf's second-oldest championship.