Citing ongoing coronavirus concerns, women’s tour intends to reopen 2020 season in mid-July
Delayed: By the LPGA, the restart of its season by another month, until mid-July, the women’s tour announced Wednesday, citing the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour will reopen its 2020 season with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on July 15-18 in Midland, Mich. The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, which had been scheduled to restart the LPGA’s season on June 19-21 in Rogers, Ark., has been reset for Aug. 28-30. The KPMG Women’s PGA, one of the LPGA’s major championships, has been pushed from its June 25-28 slot to Oct. 8-11 in Newton Square, Pa. The Marathon Classic, which had been scheduled for July 9-12 in Sylvania, Ohio, will be moved to July 23-26. “One thing that has become clear is that there will be no ‘opening bell’ regarding a return to safe play in this new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said. “To be honest, being ‘first’ has never been the goal when it comes to returning to play in this new normal. We have built a schedule that we think is as safe as possible given what we know about travel bans, testing availability, and delivering events that our sponsors and our athletes will be excited to attend. While July seems like a long way away, we are certainly aware that restarting our season in Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey will require a continued improvement in the situation in each of those states.” The delayed restart prompted a number of other dominoes on the LPGA’s revised schedule to topple, notably: Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich., previously postponed from its June date, has been rescheduled for Oct. 1-4; Pelican Women’s Championship in Belleair, Fla., which had been rescheduled to November, will shift one week later, to Nov. 19-22; Volunteers of America Classic in The Colony, Texas, will move to Dec. 3-6; CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., originally scheduled for Nov. 19-22, will move to Dec. 17-20 and will be the final event of the 2020 LPGA season.
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