COVID-19 causes another LPGA cancellation in Asia

Days after the LPGA wrapped up its fifth and final major for the season at the AIG Women’s British Open, the tour’s schedule has taken another COVID-19 hit. The LPGA announced that ongoing pandemic-related travel restrictions have forced the cancellation of the Buick LPGA Shanghai, originally scheduled for Oct. 14-17 at Qizhong Garden Golf Club.

It’s the second consecutive year the tournament has been canceled.

“We thank SAIC-GM Buick, the China Golf Association, the CLPGA and IMG for all their efforts and look forward to returning to Qizhong Garden Golf Club next year,” LPGA officials wrote in a statement.

The Buick LPGA Shanghai would have been part of a four-tournament Asian Swing on the tour. Already this summer, the LPGA canceled the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA. The BMW Ladies Championship, to be played in Korea, remains on the schedule for Oct. 21-24 and so does the TOTO Japan Classic, which is slated for Nov. 4-7.

The remaining six regular-season events are domestic. The next stop on the LPGA calendar is next week’s Solheim Cup, which will be played at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

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