Uncertainty with majors as much about who plays as when

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Jeff Conrad, 56, hits his ball as his wife Karen, 54, looks on while they play the 18th hole of the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Golf Resort, Monday, March 16, 2020 in Palm Harbor, Fla. With the Valspar Tournament shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, golfers had the unique opportunity to play on a tour-ready golf course. (Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The new slogan the U.S. Open introduced just 17 days ago is an indication of how complicated it will be for golf to resume, assuming it ever does this year.

It's not a matter of when the majors are played. It becomes a question of who plays.

The branding campaign called "From Many, One,” touches on the identity that sets the U.S. Open — men's and women's — apart from the other majors.

The U.S. Open usually gets about 9,000 entries who go through 18 holes of local qualifying or 36 holes of sectional qualifying, sometimes both. From that comes the 156-man field, half of whom have to qualify.

The USGA is sticking to its principles, at least for now, by scrapping qualifiers for men and women in May.

The U.S. Women's Open is to be played June 4-7 in Houston. The U.S. Open is set for June 18-21 at Winged Foot, located about five miles away from the new coronavirus containment zone set up in New Rochelle, New York.

Both remain on the schedule.

Before contemplating location, consider the calendar.