LPGA banks on British Open after losing first major to virus

Hinako Shibuno

Hinako Shibuno

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LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan stated he felt “fairly positive” the Ladies’s British Open may go forward in August regardless of France’s Evian Championship turning into the primary girls’s golf main to be misplaced to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The British Open at Troon in Scotland is because of be performed from 20-23 August, with gamers arriving in Britain for the Scottish Open, co-sanctioned with the Girls European Tour, in North Berwick every week earlier.

The Evian Championship, certainly one of 5 girls’s majors, had already been rescheduled from 23-26 July to 6-9 August.

However on Tuesday it was shelved till 2021 due to persevering with uncertainty over journey restrictions for the 120-strong worldwide subject and several other hundred assist employees.

“Sadly, we did not have a later date. We had already moved Evian again as soon as and the remainder of our calendar is fairly properly spoken for,” stated Whan, who just lately introduced plans for the LPGA Tour to renew on the Marathon Basic in Ohio on 23 July.

“I give (Evian) quite a lot of credit score. They battled till the tip. We had quite a lot of completely different codecs being mentioned: small footprints, no followers, minimal influence,” Whan stated on a video posted on the LPGA Tour web site.

“However whenever you speak about gamers, households and caddies coming from 50 or 60 completely different international locations, we simply weren’t positive we might be capable of get them in to placed on a serious that wasn’t hampered by the border-crossing points.”

“We do, nonetheless, really feel fairly good about with the ability to go to the UK,” he added.

“So, whereas we won’t go to France and play Evian, it does not imply that our whole European swing is cancelled.”

Organisers had earlier cited the big variety of gamers having to journey to France as the largest consider cancelling this yr’s Evian Championship.

“The continued uncertainty regarding the opening of borders, specifically with Asia and the USA, poses a serious danger,” an announcement stated.

Males’s skilled golf will make its return on Thursday, with out spectators however with a star-studded subject led by world No 1 Rory McIlroy, on the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Problem at Colonial in Fort Value, Texas.

The European Tour has introduced a six-event “UK Swing” to start with the British Masters on 22 July, and the Asian Tour is planning to restart in September.

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