23 Mar 2020 | Professional golf |

LPGA reschedules major championship

by Mark Hayes

Fans always flock to Rancho Mirage in California for the ANA Inspiration.
Fans always flock to Rancho Mirage in California for the ANA Inspiration.

The LPGA Tour has rescheduled its first major championship of the season, the ANA Inspiration.

Originally scheduled for next week, the California-based event was postponed when two other early-season events were postponed earlier this month over health fears created by the Covid-19 virus.

In announcing mixed news, the LPGA has stated its intention to play the ANA from 10-13 September, pushing the Portland Classic back one week from that time slot.

But it also said the upcoming Lotte Championship (15-18 April), the LA Open (23-26 April) and the Mediheal Championship (30 April-3 May) had all been postponed.

The LPGA said it would work with its partners on plans to reschedule events, with commissioner Mike Whan flagging on Golf Channel last week the possibility of some sponsors combining to make "super events" with increased purses.

"Could you have two sponsors come together in one event, so instead of playing each event for $1.5 million, you’re playing one event for $2.8 million?" Whan said on Golf Channel.

"Yeah, I think you could."

The latest decisions come after three events in Asia were cancelled in February and March, while with the Founders Cup and Kia Classic were put on hold.

Meanwhile, both the women's and men's world rankings systems have officially been put on hold during the global Covid-19 outbreak.

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