AFTER the KPMG Women’s PGA was moved to the autumn, the LPGA has confirmed it is pushing back its planned date to restart tournaments in the USA
They will now resume in the middle of July, instead of mid-June as originally planned, because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The LPGA stressed its plans to prepare to reschedule a number of events that were postponed in the spring – as the coronavirus pandemic gripped across America – were aiming for a “safe and responsible return to competition.”
Two events are being played in the UK – the Scottish Ladies Open, and the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon – are set for their original dates in August.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan asid: “One thing that has become clear is there will be no ‘opening bell’ regarding a return to safe play in this new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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.”
New LPGA events dates confirmed
The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in Rogers, Arkansas – originally scheduled for June 19-21 – will now take place from August 28-30.
The Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, originally scheduled to be played from July 9-12, will now be held between July 23 and 26.
The PGA of America announced on Wednesday the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania., set for June 25-28, will now move to October 8-11 at the same venue
Additional changes have also been made to deliver a full LPGA Tour season for 2020, Whan added.
June’s Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been rescheduled for October 1-4.
The Pelican Women’s Championship in Florida’s Belleair – which had been rescheduled to November – will now move back one week later to November 19-22, while the Volunteers of America Classic at The Colony, Texas, will move to December 3-6.
Finally, the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida (originally November 19-22), will move to December 17-20, making it the final event of the 2020 LPGA Tour season.
Due to the limited dates available for official full-field events on the LPGA calendar, the UL International Crown will not take place in 2020.
Additionally, the Volvik Founders Cup, the Lotte Championship, the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open and the LPGA Mediheal Championship, which had all previously been postponed, will return in the 2021 season.
It was confirmed earlier this month that the Pure Silk Championship at Kingsmill Resort, in Virginia – originally scheduled for May 21-24 – will return on the 2021 LPGA Tour schedule.
Yorkshire’s Bronte Law was due to defend her maiden LPGA title at the Williamsburg course.
Prize funds raised to a total of $56m for 2020
THE LPGA also announced increases to the purses of numerous 2020 tournaments.
It brings the total available purse remaining for the year to more than $56million, with players competing for an average of nearly $2.7million per event.
Commissioner Whan said: “Many of our remaining events will feature higher purses in 2020 thanks in part to some of our sponsors, who could not reschedule their events, offering some of their prize funds to increase other purses.
“In what has been a very challenging year for everyone, we are so thankful to our partners for their creativity, collaboration and dedication to helping our athletes get the most out of the playing opportunities they will have in this unprecedented season.”
However, if necessary, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate, an LPGA spokeswoman said.
•As well as a new date for the Women’s PGA, the USGA has moved the US Women’s Open will now be played in December, just before the CME Group Tour Championship.
LPGA Tour’s new 2020 schedule
| Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Midland CC, |
|Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana Highland Meadows G.C., Sylvania, Ohio||$2m|
|July 31 – Aug. 2|| ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer Seaview, |
A Dolce Hotel, Galloway, New Jersey
|Aug. 6-9|| The Evian Championship, Evian Resort GC, |
|Aug. 13-16||Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland||$1.5m|
|Aug. 20-23|| AIG Women’s British Open Royal Troon, |
|Aug. 28-30|| Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by |
P&G Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Arkansas
|Sept. 3-6|| CP Women’s Open, Shaughnessy G&CC, Vancouver, |
British Columbia, Canada
|Sept. 10-13||ANA Inspiration Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, California||$3.1m|
|Sept. 17-20|| Cambia Portland Classic, Columbia Edgewater CC, |
|Sept. 24-27||Kia Classic Aviara GC, Carlsbad, California||$2m|
|Oct. 1-4|| Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, Blythefield CC, |
Grand Rapids, Michigan
|Oct. 8-11|| KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Aronimink |
GC, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
| Oct. 15-|
| Buick LPGA, Shanghai Qizhong Garden G.C., |
| Oct. 22-|
| BMW Ladies Championship LPGA International |
Busan, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Oct. 29 – Nov. 1|| Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA Mirama G&C, New |
Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
|Nov. 6-8|| TOTO Japan Classic Taiheyo Club (Minori |
Course), Ibaraki, Japan
|Nov. 19-22|| Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX |
Imaging Pelican GC, Belleair, Florida
|Nov. 26-29||OFF (Thanksgiving)|
|Dec. 3-6|| Volunteers of America Classic Old American G.C., |
The Colony, Texas
|Dec. 10-13||US Women’s Open, Champions GC, Houston, Texas||$5.5m|
|Dec. 17-20|| CME Group Tour Championship, Tiburon GC, Naples, |
Key:Major championships in bold