LPGA cancels Thailand tourney amid virus fears
High ladies’s golf tour additionally scraps Singapore and China occasions
The Honda LPGA Thailand event scheduled for Feb 20-23 in Pattaya has been cancelled due to concern in regards to the coronavirus, the LPGA has introduced.
The world’s high ladies’s skilled golf tour, which incorporates a variety of stars from Thailand, additionally cancelled the HSBC Ladies’s World Championship scheduled to happen from Feb 27 to March 1 in Singapore.
The Tour has now misplaced all three of its profitable early-season occasions in Asia, after cancelling the 2020 Blue Bay LPGA, which was scheduled to happen March 5-Eight on Hainan Island in China
The Singapore occasion, received final yr by world quantity two Park Sung-hyun at Sentosa Golf Membership, is likely one of the most prestigious on the LPGA Tour exterior the majors. This yr’s entries had included the entire world’s high 20 gamers. It had been scheduled to tee off on February 27.
“Because of the continued well being considerations and up to date advisories in some Asian nations that large-scale occasions needs to be cancelled or postponed on account of the coronavirus, the LPGA and its companions have made the choice to cancel the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand and the 2020 HSBC Ladies’s World Championship,” an LPGA Tour assertion mentioned.
Sixty-six gamers would have performed within the Singapore event together with world primary Ko Jin-young of South Korea, defending champion and compatriot Park and third-ranked Nelly Korda of the US.
Gamers are presently in Australia the place the tour’s Australian Open begins in Adelaide on Thursday after the conclusion of the Vic Open in Geelong on Sunday.
After the Australian Open, the gamers may have a month off earlier than competitors resumes on the Founders Cup in Arizona on March 19.
“The well being and security of our gamers, followers and everybody engaged on the occasion is all the time our highest precedence. Whereas we’re disenchanted that these tournaments is not going to happen this season, we sit up for returning to Asia quickly,” mentioned the assertion.
Singapore stepped up its illness alert degree to the second-highest degree on its four-point system on Friday.
Underneath the upgraded alert, occasion organisers are suggested to cancel or defer non-essential large-scale occasions.
Singapore had already barred the entry of travellers who had been to China not too long ago from getting into or transiting by its territory to counter the unfold of the virus.
The town-state additionally suspended the issuance of visas for Chinese language passport holders.