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The R&A is undertaking a "comprehensive evaluation" of its plans to stage The Open Championship and AIG Women's British Open.   (stock photo)

The R&A is undertaking a "comprehensive evaluation" of its plans to stage The Open Championship and AIG Women's British Open. (stock photo)

The R&A is undertaking a "comprehensive evaluation" of its plans to stage The Open Championship and AIG Women's British Open. (stock photo)

The R&A is undertaking a "comprehensive evaluation" of its plans to stage The Open Championship and AIG Women's British Open.

Three major championships - the Masters, US PGA Championship and ANA Inspiration - have already been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, while a total of 11 European Tour events have been postponed or cancelled.

Yesterday, the Tour announced its GolfSixes Cascais event had been cancelled and the postponement of the Made in Denmark tournament, which had been due to take place from May 9-10 and May 21-24 respectively.

The R&A said they were proceeding as planned to stage The Open at Royal St George's from July 16-19 and the AIG Women's British Open at Royal Troon from August 20-23, but were considering "contingency options."

A statement from the R&A read: "We are undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of our plans to stage The 149th Open at Royal St George's and the AIG Women's British Open at Royal Troon, which are four and five months away respectively.

"This includes examining a range of scenarios for staging the championships, with our focus on proceeding as planned, as well as considering other contingency options available to us."

The R&A has taken the decision to cancel the Student Tour Series Final at St Andrews and Carnoustie and Girls' U16 Amateur Championship at Fulford, which were both due to take place in April.

The Qatar Masters was the last European Tour event to be completed on March 8. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open from May 28-31 at Mount Juliet is the next possible event on the schedule.

Belfast Telegraph