(ATR) The top women’s golf tour cancels two upcoming tournaments in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
The 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand will not be held (Honda LPGA Thailand)
What makes the decision by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) different is that neither of the events is in China.
The 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand, scheduled for Feb. 20-23, was to be held in Pattaya, Thailand while the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship was set for Feb. 27-March 1 in Singapore.
In a statement, the LPGA cited “recent advisories in some Asian countries that large-scale events should be cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus”. Singapore on Feb. 7 increased its measures to combat the disease, including the cancellation of large-scale events if possible.
“The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority,” said the LPGA. “While we are disappointed that these tournaments will not take place this season, we look forward to returning to Asia soon.”
Late last month, the LPGA had canceled the Blue Bay tournament scheduled for March 5-8 at Hainan Island in China. The Chinese government has called a halt to any public events through the end of March.
The loss of three tournaments on the LPGA schedule could conceivably play a role in which golfers qualify for the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo. For those chasing a qualifying spot, there are now three fewer opportunities to gain points while those already in good position to make the cut for Tokyo will have less to worry about.
The men’s European Tour has not announced any plans for its upcoming tournaments in Asia. The tour is not scheduled to go to China until the Volvo China Open in Shenzhen on April 23-26. There are stops in New Delhi, India on March 19-22 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 16-19 before then.
The PGA Tour does not have an event in Asia for the rest of its season.
Written by Gerard Farek
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