When Jin Young Ko completed the 2019 LPGA Tour season last November at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, she never imagined having to wait another year to play in her next tour event.Yet, the South Korean golfer, who ranks No. 1 in the world rankings, will make her season debut this weekend at the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.“I was shocked,” Ko said about the tour’s pause this year due to the coronavirus pandemic . “Also, it was (a) great decision, but it was (a) tough time. I’m happy to be back here.”With the LPGA Tour paused from mid-February until late July, Ko opted to stay in South Korea and play on the KLPGA Tour. Between events, she worked on her game, learned to cook and got into meditation.Ko played in six events on the KLPGA Tour, placing in the top 10 three times (including a runner-up finish).Her caddie, Dave Brooker, traveled to South Korea for her last three events. He quarantined in a hotel before moving in with Ko’s family for two weeks. Ko joked that her mother, Mi Kyung Kim, cooked three meals a day for Brooker while he stayed with them.“He’s like family right now,” Ko said. “(Brooker) told me he gained weight.”Ko, 25, wasn’t able to follow the LPGA Tour closely due to the 14-hour time difference between the United States and South Korea (morning in the U.S. is afternoon the next day in South Korea), so she tuned in when she could.She used the time away from the tour to work on her swing, making small adjustments and improving her consistency with a new coach, Hyung Kyu.“I’ve play(ed) ... over 17 years, so it’s tough to change the swing,” Ko said. “It’s easy to change small amounts, but changing it a big amount can be difficult.”Ko said she was excited to return to the LPGA Tour this week. She enjoyed practicing on the Pelican Golf Course, noting the condition of the greens and views of the course.The return to the tour hasn’t been easy for the two-time major champion (she won both the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship in 2019).Ko said she felt some nervousness because of everything that’s changed since her last outing. Nonetheless, it’s a feeling she knows she has to accept and push through to play well this weekend.“It is tough,” Ko said. “But it is the same condition to every player. So it’s tough, but I think I will enjoy it.”The timing of Ko’s return means she’ll have the chance to compete in three more tournaments this year, including the U.S. Women’s Open Dec. 10-13 in Houston and the CME Group Tour Championship Dec. 17-20 in Naples.Despite her time away from the tour, Ko’s goal remains the same.“I want to win, again,” Ko said.Players competing in the LPGA Pelican Women’s ChampionshipTournament purseNumber of holes on the Pelican Golf CourseYear the course was originally constructed in BelleairNumber of acres of fairway on the courseNumber of days players will compete. The tournament begins Thursday and runs through Sunday with a cut after Friday’s play.Number of holes with water in playNumber of acres of rough on the courseNumber of players in the top 100 in the world rankings competingNumber of sand bunkers on the courseNumber of yards in play between holes 1 and 18Number of shots the tournament has set for par over the course of 18 holesNumber of tournaments remaining on the LPGA tournament schedule after the Pelican Women’s ChampionshipNumber of spectators (VIPs, sponsors and two guests per player) allowed this year. No fans will be permitted due to the coronavirus. The tournament was anticipating 50,000 fans when the tournament was originally set for May.Number of years since the LPGA Tour last competed in Pinellas County Contact Mari Faiello at email@example.com . Follow @faiello_mari .