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9 ways this U.S. Open at Winged Foot will be an Open unlike any other

This is the fourth installment in our five-part series, The Road to Winged Foot, powered by Cisco Webex, in which we’re highlighting how players, officials, broadcasters and others are preparing for the 2020 U.S. Open unfolding this week at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Part I: Winged Foot Open champions on how to win there. Part II: A U.S. Open dark horse. Part III: Viktor Hovland’s Winged Foot game plan.

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted virtually every aspect of our society, and this week’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot is certainly no exception. As recently as five months ago, the United States Golf Association was unsure whether the event could happen at the New York City-area club — or at all. Uncertainty reigned as the USGA worked with New York State officials, other golf and sports organizations and even other potential host sites, should the championship need to be relocated.

In early April, the USGA announced the U.S. Open would indeed remain at Winged Foot but not be conducted until September. In late June, another wrinkle: the event would be played without fans.

But, barring any other further complications, it would be played.

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