LPGA aims for July restart
4/29/2020 12:02:21 PM EST
LPGA officials are aiming for a return to golf in July.
The overhauled schedule was released in part on Wednesday with a major caveat from LPGA commissioner Mike Whan.
"One thing that has become clear is that there will be no 'opening bell' regarding a return to safe play in this new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic," Whan said. "To be honest, being 'first' has never been the goal when it comes to returning to play in this new normal. We have built a schedule that we think is as safe as possible given what we know about travel bans, testing availability, and delivering events that our sponsors and our athletes will be excited to attend."
The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in central Michigan is scheduled to be held July 15-18 and would restart the LPGA calendar.
The Evian Championship would take place Aug. 6-9 in France and serve as the LPGA's first major of the season.
The way the schedules were formed, that event would fall on the same weekend as the rescheduled PGA Championship.
The women's PGA Championship is being moved from late June to Oct. 8-11 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania. That major had been scheduled for June 25-28.
Unlike the men's event, the Women's British Open is still on the schedule -- Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon Golf Club in, Troon, Scotland.
The U.S. Women's Open is scheduled for Dec. 10-13 in Houston.
The revised LPGA schedule released Wednesday:
Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Midland C.C., Midland, Michigan
Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana
Highland Meadows G.C., Sylvania, Ohio
July 31-Aug. 2
ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel, Galloway, New Jersey
The Evian Championship
Evian Resort G.C., Evian-les-Bains, France
Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
AIG Women's British Open
Royal Troon G.C., Troon, Scotland
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G
Pinnacle C.C., Rogers, Arkansas
CP Women's Open
Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Mission Hills C.C., Rancho Mirage, California
Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Oregon
Aviara G.C., Carlsbad, California
Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give
Blythefield C.C., Grand Rapids, Michigan
KPMG Women's PGA Championship
Aronimink G.C., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Buick LPGA Shanghai
Qizhong Garden G.C., Shanghai, People's Republic of China
BMW Ladies Championship
LPGA International Busan, Busan, Republic of Korea
Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA
Miramar G. and C.C., New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
TOTO Japan Classic
Taiheyo Club (Minori Course), Ibaraki, Japan
Pelican Women's Championship presented by DEX Imaging
Pelican G.C., Belleair, Florida
Volunteers of America Classic
Old American G.C., The Colony, Texas
U.S. Women's Open
Champions G.C., Houston, Texas
CME Group Tour Championship
Tiburon G.C., Naples, Florida
--Field Level Media