KLPGA Tour kickstarts golf’s return to the fairways

Women’s professional golf picks up again this week for the first time since the world’s golf tours were halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Korean LPGA Tour is set to play the KLPGA Championship at Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, east of Seoul from 14th-17th May.

Jeongeun Lee6 Jeongeun Lee6 (Credit: LPGA Tour)

Sung Hyun Park, Sei Young Kim and Jeongeun Lee6, the third, sixth and 10th ranked golfers on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, are scheduled to compete in the 150-player field an event that will be played without spectators. The purse will be US$2.45 million.

The tournament had originally been scheduled for April 30-May 3.

It is understood a number of safety measures will be in place including a mandatory requirement that players complete questionnaires outlining any symptoms they might have experienced related to the coronavirus. Sterilisers will be installed on the practice range and players will be required to follow social distancing guidelines.

The move from the Korean LPGA will see that tour’s return some two months earlier that the scheduled LPGA Tour, The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a two-player team event that debuted in 2019, is scheduled to be held at Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan from July 15-18.