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LPGA Tour cancels Asia swing due to Covid-19

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The Ladies Professional Golf Association has called off all four events of its Asia swing in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic due to the quarantine requirements in place with crossing country borders.

The BMW Ladies Championship, which was scheduled for October 22-25 in Busan, South Korea, and the Toto Japan Classic, which was set for November 6-8 in Ibaraki, Japan, will now not take place in 2020. Both events are due to return to the LPGA Tour schedule in 2021.

Tournaments in China and Taiwan have already been called off.

With the Tour unable to travel to Asia the LPGA has added a second LPGA Drive On Championship to the 2020 schedule, which will be held October 22-25 on the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts by our partners at BMW and Toto to try to host their events this season and we look forward to returning to Korea and Japan in 2021,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “Since we unfortunately cannot travel to Asia, we felt it was very important to add another competitive opportunity for our players.”

Meanwhile, this week’s Cambia Portland Classic tournament will be reduced from 72 holes to 54 due to ongoing air quality concerns in Oregon.