Date: February 10, 2020
Author: Martin Blake @ Royal Adelaide

Two Asian events cancelled over virus fears


The LPGA Tour has cancelled two more Asian events over Coronavirus fears.

This means that this week's ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open will be the last event of the current swing.

The tournaments in Thailand (next week) and Singapore (the week after) have been cancelled, and the LPGA had already cancelled the Blue Bay event in China at the start of March.

“It is always a difficult decision to cancel events and the LPGA greatly appreciates the understanding and all the efforts made by our title sponsors (Honda and HSBC) as well as IMG to host incredible events for our players,” the LPGA said in a statement.

“The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority. While we are disappointed that these tournaments will not take place this season, we look forward to returning to Asia soon.”

The three cancellations mean that LPGA Tour players will have no tournaments to compete in until the Founders Cup from March 19.

But golf has been hit from all sides by the fears over the virus emanating from China.

This week the R&A postponed the prestigious Women's Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships, due to be played in Thailand.