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LPGA returns to its roots with Tampa-area stop

Pelican Women’s Championship will be LPGA’s 1st event in Tampa Bay area since 1989 and in region where tour debuted in 1950

31: Number of years since the LPGA has visited metropolitan Tampa, Fla., for a tournament. The LPGA returns to Florida’s Gulf Coast this week when the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship begins Thursday at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair. The LPGA hasn’t been to the Tampa Bay area since 1989, for the St. Petersburg Women’s Open. Despite the absence in past decades, the LPGA and Tampa go way back. The women’s tour played its first tournament in the city, the 1950 Tampa Open. Jin Young Ko, who is No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, will make her 2020 debut on the LPGA after having remained in her native South Korea during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will be paired with Germany’s Sophia Popov, the reigning Women’s British Open champion, and American Ally McDonald, who won the most recent tournament, the LPGA Drive On Championship (tee times).

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