It has been over 165 days since the Women’s Australian Open, the last LPGA event played before the coronavirus pandemic forced the tour to take a break. The Tour was in the middle of its Asian and Australian swing and made the choice to call off the events a full 3 weeks before the PGA Tour followed suit. But the best women’s tour is set to return July 31-August 2 with the Drive On Championship at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio. The event will feature half of the top-10, though it will definitely feel different than a normal tournament.
Covid-19 Reshapes LPGA Tour
Numerous LPGA Tour events have been cancelled, including the many international events now deemed too risky to stage. Thus starts a shorter schedule that will be 17 or 18 events. Each event will follow all CDC guidelines and will be played without fans for the first 5 weeks at minimum. Already one player, Gaby Lopez, has tested positive and will be forced to wait at least 10 days before competing. Also conspicuously absent from the event are many South Korean players, including world number 1 Ko Jin-young, number 3 Park Sung-hyun, number 6 Kim Sei-young, and number 10 Kim Hyo-joo. They and other South Korean golfers are remaining in their home country during the restart. Instead, they are competing in Korean LPGA Tour events and choosing not to travel to America for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.
World number 1 Ko Jin-young. Getty Images