13 Mar 2020 | Professional golf |
LPGA postpones three events
by Martin Blake
The LPGA Tour has postponed its next three events, which combined with the cancellation of the Asian swing leaves the tour with a two-month gap in its schedule.
The tour's most recent play was on the final round of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in Adelaide on 16 February.
As it stands, the next tournament will be the Lotte Championship in Hawaii on April 14.
The LPGA Tour said in a statement that the cancellations of the Founders Championship, due to be played next week, the Kia Classic and the ANA Inspiration were based on concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus.
"This is a difficult situation and as we navigate these uncertain times, we appreciate the support of all those involved with the LPGA,'' said Mike Whan, the LPGA commissioner. "I am fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule, especially our first major, the ANA Inspiration.
“Our thoughts are with all of those around the world affected by this virus. And on a personal level, it pains me to see the impact of this health crisis on our athletes, our sponsors and our fans. That said, I know keeping our LPGA family safe, and all those who follow us safe, has to be my top priority." "We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation with our global health partners and are planning for different scenarios for future LPGA events should they be necessary.”
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