Wildfires in Pacific Northwest diminish air quality, prompting LPGA to cancel Thursday’s 1st round and reduce tournament to 54 holes
Announced: By the LPGA, that Thursday’s scheduled first round of the Cambia Portland Classic will not be played because of hazardous air quality associated with wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, the tour said in a news release i ssued Tuesday. The tournament will be reduced to 54 holes and played Friday-Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland. The LPGA’s action came one day after the tour shut down the course and practice facilities because of environmental concerns. That prompted Canada’s Brooke Henderson, who is No. 6 in the Rolex Rankings, to tell the Canadian Press that she was withdrawing from the tournament. Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA’s chief tour operations officer, said in a statement: “2020 has been the year of health and safety, and this situation is no different. Our meteorologist says that it is unlikely that air-quality conditions will improve before midday Thursday, and we cannot risk the health of our players, staff, volunteers, broadcast crew and others at the golf course.”
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