LPGA Tour returns to Asia after 2020 cancellations

The LPGA Tour tees off this morning at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore for the first time in this slice of the world since the cancellation of the schedule following the Victorian and Australian Opens in February 2020.

The Asian Swing was set to start a week after the players left our shores at the Honda LPGA Thailand followed by the HSBC Women’s World Championship and then Blue Bay LPGA in China.

Sung Hyun Park Sung Hyun Park won the HSBC title in 2019 (Credit: HSBC)

However, the women’s tour wouldn’t play again until the LPGA Drive On Championship on July 31st.

A limited field of 70 will tee off at the no-cut $1.6 million event including recent LOTTE Championship winner, Lydia Ko, along with World No.1 and 2 Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park and No.5 Danielle Kang.

Joining them will be Australians Hannah Green, Katherine Kirk, Su Oh and Minjee Lee. Lee finished runner-up the last time the tournament was played in 2019.

“Good to be here. This is probably one of the longest times I’ve been on a plane for long time, and obviously having to land here and quarantining until our test results come back, it’s a long span of 1 1/2 days,” said the Kiwi.

“I think because of all those kind of things that are set up and rules, I think that’s why we are able to play here. Obviously if those weren’t there, we wouldn’t be able to come and play.”

“Everyone’s got the same playing field and everyone is going to go through the same process. I think you just have to adjust.”

As part of a strict COVID-19 plan, players will be required to stay inside their hotels. On course, masks and social distancing will be enforced.

The Honda LPGA Thailand will start May 6th.