This year's first major women's golf championship, the Evian Championship, scheduled for August 6-9 in France, was canceled on Tuesday due to travel restrictions and government quarantine requirements related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the LPGA Tour. The event returns to the women's tour schedule in 2021.
The other four women's majors will remain on this year's calendar, beginning with the Women's British Open, which will take place on August 20 in Scotland is starting out, although travel restrictions are also likely to be a complication in organizing that event.
"I know this was a tough decision for everyone involved, but it's a decision we had to make given the limitations we faced," Mike Whan, the LPGA Tour Commissioner, said in a statement. "It is disappointing to miss a major championship, but Evian & # 39; s strong history of presenting the best female golfers will continue again when we return in 2021."
The L.P.G.A. Tour, which has canceled or postponed nearly two dozen tournaments, has not held an event since the Women's Australian Open in February. It expects to resume its schedule at the end of July with the Marathon Classic near Toledo, Ohio. The L.P.G.A. of Korea Tour held its first event of 2020 about a month ago with an event just north of Seoul, South Korea. A week later, in Incheon, South Korea, Jin Young Ko, the world's top-ranked player, played a charity match against the world's number 3, Sung Hyun Park. Both events were contested without spectators.
“I am incredibly impressed with the entire team at the Evian Championship; they have worked so hard to host this global event despite the obvious challenges, ”said Whan, adding that major tournaments are important when the L.P.G.A. schedule "has been drastically reduced due to Covid-19."
The ANA Inspiration, usually the first female major of the year, was postponed to September 10-13 in Rancho Mirage, California. Another major, the Women's PGA Championship, was moved from October 8 to 11 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and the United States Women's Open has been moved to December 10 to 13 in Houston.