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2020 Drive On Championship: LPGA returns this week

Women’s tour prepares to end a 166-day suspension in play when it visits storied Inverness Club for the 1st of 2 consecutive events in northwest Ohio

166: Number of days that the LPGA will have been idle when the women’s tour resumes play Friday at the Drive On Championship at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The LPGA, which last played Feb. 16 at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, has been sidelined longer than another other major golf tour during the global coronavirus pandemic. This week’s tournament will be the first of two in northwest Ohio for the season restart on the LPGA. Inverness Club, a 1916 Donald Ross design, has played host to many of the top events in men’s golf: U.S. Opens (1920, 1931, 1957 and 1979), PGA Championships (1986 and 1993), a U.S. Amateur (1973), U.S. Senior Opens (2003 and 2011) and NCAA Championships (1944, 2009). It was scheduled to host the women’s Solheim Cup this year before the global coronavirus pandemic pushed the biennial matches between the Americans and Europeans to 2021. So, this week will be a course preview of sorts for the Solheim Cup hopefuls (tee times).

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