LPGA cancels two extra Asian occasions, provides ‘Drive On’ occasion in Georiga
For the primary time in 45 years, the LPGA Tour won’t be going to Asia throughout a season.
The tour misplaced three tournaments from its Asia swing in late February and early March on the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the LPGA mentioned two extra tournaments scheduled for October in South Korea and Japan had been canceled for 2020 and can return subsequent 12 months. Two different occasions in China and Taiwan that had been a part of the autumn swing beforehand had been canceled due to journey restrictions and quarantine necessities.
The LPGA first began taking part in in Asia with the Mizuno Basic in Japan in 1976.
The LPGA Tour added a one-time occasion known as the LPGA Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee. That shall be Oct. 22-25 in Greensboro, Georgia, for a handbag of $1.three million.
The LPGA additionally had a ”Drive On” match at Inverness to mark its return to golf on July 31.
”Since we sadly can’t journey to Asia, we felt it was crucial so as to add one other aggressive alternative for our gamers,” Commissioner Mike Whan mentioned.
Shedding the Asia swing creates a while off for the LPGA that results in a giant end. After the KPMG Ladies’s PGA at Aronimink, Oct. 8-11, there shall be every week off earlier than the brand new Drive On match, after which three weeks off earlier than an occasion within the Tampa Bay space in Florida.
After Thanksgiving, the LPGA finishes with a match within the Dallas space, the U.S. Ladies’s Open in Houston and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
Even so, the price of the pandemic is obvious in alternatives. The LPGA Tour went into 2020 with a 34-tournament schedule. It is going to finish the 12 months with 17 tournaments.