US Open hopes limited fans in attendance

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Despite COVID-19 still spreading, the United States Golf Association (USGA) is optimistic about keeping the championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in suburban New York on the schedule and remains hopeful that spectators in some limited form will be able to attend, local media reported on Sunday.

"We are focused on Winged Foot. Winged Foot is a special place for us, and the golf course there is amazing," said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of championships for the USGA. "Time is on our side. We did look at multiple scenarios, but now we felt we could focus there."

Winged Foot is located in Mamaroneck, New York, one of the country's COVID-19 hotspots. But as New York recently began the process of reopening, the chances of playing the US Open in New York are increasing.

Due to the virus, the Major was rescheduled from June to September.

"We are cautiously optimistic that we will have spectators in September," Bodenhamer said. "We feel social distancing can be done in an outdoor arena, and we know it has been the epicenter, so we will be thoughtful about what are more important issues for them. But we're starting to think about what might be possible as far as fans, volunteers, media, a number of things."

The USGA has also been working on backup plans to move the tournament to another venue, according to local media.

The PGA Tour's first rescheduled tournament is the Charles Schwab Challenge, to be played between June 11-14 in Texas. 

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