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Coronavirus wipes out LPGA’s early Asia Swing

The LPGA cancels its Honda LPGA Thailand and HSBC Women’s World Championship, bringing to 3 the number of LPGA events affected by the deadly virus, and the R&A scrubs the Women’s Asia-Pacific Amateur

The LPGA announced the cancellation of two more tournaments in Asia on Sunday night, bringing a swift end to the tour’s early Asia Swing, and the R&A scrapped an amateur event as fears of the growing coronavirus began to dramatically affect world golf.

Day 1 - Honda LPGA Thailand 2019
China’s Yu Liu, who tied for 10th in the 2019 Honda LPGA Thailand, won’t get a chance to return this year as the event falls victim to fears surrounding the deadly coronavirus.

The Honda LPGA Thailand, which had been scheduled for Feb. 20-23 in Pattaya, Thailand, and the HSBC Women’s World Championship, which was set for Feb. 29-March 1 in Singapore, were halted “due to the continued health concerns and recent advisories in some Asian countries that large-scale events should be cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus,” the LPGA said in a statement.

Last week, the women’s tour announced plans to cancel the Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island, China. Also, the R&A announced that the Women’s Asia-Pacific Amateur, which was scheduled to be played this week in Pattaya, Thailand, had been canceled.

With the latest cancellations, the number of golf events adversely affected by the coronavirus has reached five. The PGA Tour recently relocated its PGA Tour China Series qualifier from China to Singapore.

More than 900 have died from coronavirus, a respiratory infection with no known cure, and 40,000-plus have been infected. The vast majority of the cases have been reported in or near the virus’ epicenter in Wuhan, China.

The LPGA, which has had its schedule reduced from 34 tournaments to 31 because of the coronavirus, also has four tournaments scheduled in Asia in the fall.

After this week's ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, the LPGA does not have a tournament scheduled until mid-March, when the tour returns stateside for the Founders Cup on March 19-22 in Phoenix.

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