LPGA Tour announces restart dates, new schedule for 2020 season

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With various sections of the country scheduling a reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, the LPGA has targeted mid-July as the return date for its 2020 season.

The first tournament of a revised schedule will be the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in central Michigan, held July 15-18. The season’s first major, the Evian Championship, is set to take place Aug. 6-9 in France, coincidentally the same weekend as the rescheduled PGA Championship in San Francisco.

Much of the LPGA and PGA Tour schedules remain pending, and that much was made clear by 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 LPGA announcement included the shuffling of a number of events that were originally scheduled for June. The season will run into mid-December, about three weeks later than normal. You can find a fully updated schedule for the 2020 season below, inclusive of another Wednesday announcement.

The PGA of America announced that the Women’s PGA Championship has been moved to Oct. 8-11. The event is set to be held at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia, and was originally scheduled for June 25-28. Unlike the Evian Championship, this major will not have to compete for viewership with a men’s counterpart.

July 15-18
Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Midland C.C., Midland, Michigan

July 23-26
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

Aug. 6-9
The Evian Championship
Evian Resort G.C., Evian-les-Bains, France

Aug. 13-16
Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

Aug. 20-23
AIG Women’s British Open
Royal Troon G.C., Troon, Scotland

Aug. 28-30
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G
Pinnacle C.C., Rogers, Arkansas

Sept. 3-6
CP Women’s Open
Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sept. 10-13
ANA Inspiration
Mission Hills C.C., Rancho Mirage, California

Sept. 17-20
Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Oregon

Sept. 24-27
Kia Classic
Aviara G.C., Carlsbad, California

Oct. 1-4
Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give
Blythefield C.C., Grand Rapids, Michigan

Oct. 8-11
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Aronimink G.C., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Oct. 15-18
Buick LPGA Shanghai
Qizhong Garden G.C., Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

Oct. 22-25
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

Nov. 6-8
TOTO Japan Classic
Taiheyo Club (Minori Course), Ibaraki, Japan

Nov. 19-22
Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging
Pelican G.C., Belleair, Florida

Dec. 3-6
Volunteers of America Classic
Old American G.C., The Colony, Texas

Dec. 10-13
U.S. Women’s Open
Champions G.C., Houston, Texas

Dec. 17-20
CME Group Tour Championship
Tiburon G.C., Naples, Florida

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