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Jun 11th, 2020

Women's British Open must go ahead

LPGA needs to keep the 'European Swing.'

It was disappointing to hear of the cancellation of the Evian Championship but if France was going insist on a 14 day quarantine period for players the decision was inevitable. The loss of the Evian now puts even more importance on the Women's British Open which is due to be played at Royal Troon from 20th to 23rd August.
The LPGA gets going after the COVID-19 lockdown on 23rd July with the Marathon LPGA. The plan had then been to head to the 'European Swing' which consisted of the Evian Championship followed by the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and then the AIG Women's British Open.
The LPGA and European golf, in particular, need some golf to get going. The last Ladies European Tour event was the South African Women's Open back in March. The noises from the R&A who runs the Women's British Open alongside the LPGA are promising and so it looks like it will be down to the UK Government.
The UK has introduced a 14 day quarantine period for those arriving into the country but has committed to grant dispensations for certain sports professionals. Therefore, even if the quarantine is still in place come August, players should be able to fly in for the events.
The men's European Tour kicks off with a UK Swing of six tournaments starting on 22nd July with the Betfred British Masters and it would seem crazy if the women were not able to play the two events in Scotland in August.  
Let's hope everyone works together and ensures that we see the first women's major of the year taking place over the famous Royal Troon links come mid-August. It would be even better if they could find a way of getting some spectators able to attend the event as well.

And another thing...
Golf is back at the Charles Schwab

TAGS: News, 2020