LPGA cancels last two Asian swing events, adds second Drive On Championship
The Ladies Professional Golf Association, the prominent USA-based tour, has cancelled its final two Asian swing events due to coronavirus-enforced travel restrictions in the region.
The BMW Ladies Championship was scheduled to run from 22 to 25 October in Busan, South Korea and the Toto Japan Classic was to be held from 6 to 8 November in Ibaraki, Japan but both will now not take place.
They will return to the LPGA Tour schedule in 2021.
The cancellation of the two events means all four events that comprised the updated LPGA 2020 Asian swing have now been cancelled. The other two events previously cancelled were the Buick LPGA Shanghai in China and Taiwant Swinging Skirts LPGA.
The LPGA said it and title sponsors BMW and TOTO had tried to make the 2020 tournaments work but could not find a way with international travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine requirements still in place.
With the Tour now unable to travel to Asia at all, the LPGA has added a second LPGA Drive On Championship to the 2020 schedule to take place from 22 to 25 October at the Great Water Course in Greensboro, Georgia in the US.
It will feature a $1.3 million purse and will be broadcast on the Golf Channel and the LPGA’s international broadcast partners.
Mike Whan, LPGA commissioner, said: “We greatly appreciate the efforts by our partners at BMW and TOTO to try to host their events this season and we look forward to returning to Korea and Japan in 2021.
“Since we unfortunately cannot travel to Asia, we felt it was very important to add another competitive opportunity for our players.”
The two events mark the 17th and 18th LPGA events to be cancelled this year, following the cancellation of the Kia Classic tournament in California last month. It leaves the tour with 9 events.
The LPGA season’s original 2020 schedule previously cancelled other Asian tournaments, including events in Thailand and Singapore due to the virus outbreak.
The LPGA Tour restarted it 2020 season with the LPGA Drive On Championship in Inverness, Ohio on 31 July.