AP – The United States (US) Women’s Open in Houston is now scheduled for two weeks before Christmas. The LPGA Tour pushed back the resumption of its schedule until the middle of June and found slots for three tournaments that have been postponed.
Commissioner Mike Whan keeps looking at the calendar at a dwindling number of dates and trying to figure out how it will fall into place, missing one key piece of information brought on by the spread of the new coronavirus.
“Not knowing when our restart button gets pushed,” Whan said on Friday.
That was delayed by a month with a chain of events that began with the US Women’s Open announcing it would move from June 4-7 at Champions Golf Club to December 10-13, the latest a major championship has ever been played. The 1929 PGA Championship ended on December 7 in Los Angeles.
The last time an official LPGA Tour event was played entirely in December was the LPGA Tour Championship in 2010. And there could be more.
It’s not as simple as finding open dates and filling them with tournaments. Whan said if a major – the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship outside Philadelphia is next up and still on the schedule for June 25-28 – that would take priority. Of the four events cleared from the schedule Friday, only the Pure Silk Championship at Kingsmill in Virginia will not be reschedule, instead returning in 2021.
The Women’s Open is the second LPGA major to be reschedule. The ANA Inspiration in the California desert was to be played this week and now is set for September 10-13
CEO of the USGA Mike Davis said the move couldn’t have happened without collaboration with the LPGA Tour and Fox Sports, its broadcast partner which has NFL games during December.
“Our priority remains ensuring the safety of all involved with the US Women’s Open, while still providing the world’s best players the opportunity to compete this year,” Davis said.
But it will require some adjustments.