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LPGA Tour sets new dates for another major, new tournament in Belleair

The next event on the schedule is in late June. But commissioner Mike What has a few caveats for that.
In this May 6, 2015, file photo, LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan speaks during a news conference at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. Whan acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding this year's schedule and says a wraparound schedule into next year is a possibility.
In this May 6, 2015, file photo, LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan speaks during a news conference at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. Whan acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding this year's schedule and says a wraparound schedule into next year is a possibility. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Apr. 4, 2020
Updated Apr. 4, 2020

The LPGA Tour on Friday pushed back the resumption of its schedule until the middle of June, rescheduled another major tournament and found slots for three postponed tournaments, including a new event in Belleair.

The U.S. Women’s Open said it would move from June 4-7 at Champions Golf Club in Houston to Dec. 10-13, the latest a major championship will have been played if it happens. The LPGA previously rescheduled the major ANA Inspiration in California from this week to Sept. 10-13.

The Pelican Women’s Championship, a new event at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, moves from May 14-17 to Nov. 12-15; the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Atlantic City, N.J., moves from May 29-31 to July 31-Aug. 2; and the Kia Classic in the San Diego area moves from March 26-29 to Sept. 24-27.

The Meijer Classic in Michigan moves from June 11-14 to a date to be determined. The Pure Silk Championship in Virginia will not be rescheduled this year and will return in 2021.

The next event on the schedule now is the NW Arkansas Championship on June 19-21. Commissioner Mike Whan said that even if it were healthy to resume play then, with or without fans, he would not want to unless at least 75 percent of his players were willing or able to travel to compete.

“If we don’t play golf in the summer, a wraparound (season) becomes a real option,” Whan said.

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