GOLF chiefs are facing a calendar headache with the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo set to be postponed.
The Olympic golf tournament was due to take place from July 30 to August 2 in Saitama in a tight window after The Open and before the FedEx Cup playoffs.
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But there have been increasing calls for the Olympics to be postponed this summer amid the coronavirus crisis.
And golf officials are facing some tough decisions regarding the calendar for the rest of 2020.
The PGA Tour is currently suspended up to May 21 with all events cancelled apart from the Masters and PGA Championship.
Both those events are set to be rescheduled for the autumn.
The US Open beginning June 18 and Open Championship commencing July 16 are both scheduled to go ahead at this stage.
But with the news that the Olympics could be delayed until later in the year, golfers might be forced to choose their event.
The Ryder Cup is also scheduled to take place in Wisconsin from September 25 to 27.
McIlroy also threw his support behind playing the Masters in the autumn rather than postponing it altogether.
The 30-year-old has won four majors but is still looking for his first Green Jacket to complete the set.
GOLF 2020 KEY EVENTS
Masters – postponed
PGA Championship – postponed
US Open – June 18-21
Open Championship – July 16-19
Olympics – July 30-August 2
FedEx Cup playoffs – August 6-30
Ryder Cup – September 25-27
He told SiriusXM: “A Masters in the fall, October time, I think it would be pretty cool.
“It would be a very different look than what you usually see at Augusta.
“It gives us some room for manoeuvring, depending on what happens over the next few weeks.
“I think it’s definitely a possibility if they want to get the 2020 Masters in, I think that could definitely be a possibility.
“I’m sure they can make it happen if they want it to happen.”