What american's have skipped the Open in recent years?
If there's travel restrictions, there's travel restrictions - but nothing to suggest that would still be the case in August.
A 4 month window takes you from March, to the end of June. 5 months, to end of July.
And this is part of the R&A's thinking.
How much of a risk is it to stage an Open in September/October..will the foreign players turn up?
If most of them will then it's a possibility and I would suggest they'll be talking to players to try to establish that likelihood.
If a chunk of the Americans wont comemover then that will devalue the Championship.
I fully expect them to cancel this year's Open but only after they've exhausted all possible avenues to get it played.
Also, what about the overseas qualifying events that haven't been played. The R&A qualification rules for the Open seem to let many globally have a shot at qualification. If they go ahead based on things like tour rankings for each different tour as they are now that somehow takes away some of the charm where a lot of good club pros and unknown pros get their chance to qualify and tee it up with the big boys. Far better to call it off for 2020 and come back fresh and Covid clear (hopefully) nest year