The LPGA Tour misplaced its first main due to the COVID-19 pandemic when it introduced Tuesday the Evian Championship in France has been cancelled this yr.
The LPGA Tour cited ongoing journey and border restrictions, together with authorities quarantine necessities for not holding the match on Aug. 6-9. It’s going to return to the schedule subsequent yr in Evian-les-Bains.
The LPGA Tour is ready to renew in Ohio with the Marathon Basic on July 23-26. For now, it has majors scheduled in August, September, October and December.
“I’ve been extremely impressed by your complete group on the Evian Championship. They labored so laborious to host this international occasion regardless of the apparent challenges,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan stated.
“They know that high-pursed, career-changing occasions just like the Evian are extra essential than ever, particularly in an LPGA yr that has been drastically decreased resulting from COVID-19. I do know this was a troublesome resolution for everybody concerned, however it’s one which we needed to take given the restrictions we confronted.”
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The Evian dates to 1994 when it started as a Girls European Tour occasion, and it grew to become a part of the LPGA schedule in 2000 when it was the Evian Masters. With one of many increased purses in ladies’s golf, the LPGA designated it as a fifth main in 2013. It was moved from September to July in 2019 for higher climate circumstances.
Within the revised schedule introduced on by the pandemic, it was to be the primary of three European occasions, previous the Girls Scottish Open and the Ladies’s British Open. These two occasions stay on the schedule.
The ANA Inspiration in California, initially scheduled for the primary week in April, has been moved to Sept. 10-13. The Ladies’s PGA Championship outdoors Philadelphia is scheduled for Oct. 8-11. The U.S. Ladies’s Open is Dec. 10-13 in Houston, three weeks after the LPGA Tour season concludes with the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.
Meaning the LPGA can have not more than three majors in its season.
The PGA Tour can have just one main in its season, with the British Open having been cancelled, the U.S. Open transferring from June to September and the Masters going from April to November.