The Leader of Dover District Council has issued a statement in response to the announcement by The R&A that The 149th Open, that was to have been played at the Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich from 12-19 July 2020, has been cancelled.
Cllr Trevor Bartlett said:
“We understand and support The R&A’s decision to cancel The 149th Open this year at Royal St George’s. In the interests of public health and the safety of spectators, players, officials and the local community it’s the right decision.
“Naturally, as hosts we are disappointed, and it is another blow to the visitor economy in what is shaping up to be a very difficult year. I know just how much work had been going on locally to prepare and make a success of The Open.
“However, I am delighted that The R&A has confirmed that The 149th Open will be played at Royal St George's from 11-18 July 2021, and heralding a major stimulus to the local economy as we rebuild. Celebrating Royal St George’s long and enduring relationship with The Open, it will be back, bigger and better next year.
“Finally, I’d like to thank Martin Slumbers and the whole team at The R&A for their unstinting support for bringing The Open back to Kent. We look forward to working with them in the build up to 2021.”
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