US Women's Open postponed until December

Ross Houston
April 5, 2020

The US Women's Open is the third women's major of the season to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event had been scheduled for June 4-7 at Champions Golf Club in Houston and will now be played December 10-13.

Mike Davis, the CEO of the USGA, said the move couldn't have happened without collaboration with the LPGA Tour and Fox Sports, its broadcast partner which has National Football League games during December.

"Our priority continues to be ensuring the safety of everyone involved in the US Women's Open, while giving the best players in the world a chance to compete this year".

The LPGA Tour announced Friday that the Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg originally scheduled for May 21-24 at Kingsmill Resort will not happen this year due to coronavirus concerns.

Champions Golf Club in Houston in Texas will still host the tournament.

Because of the lesser amount of sunlight in December compared to the summer months, the event will be played on two golf courses for rounds one and two, the Jackrabbit and Cypress Creek courses.

"They were stepped up in 2017 to house the US Women's Half Hobbyist in the short term after it was displaced by a hurricane, and now accommodate a significant change in the schedule of our main women's championship, not to mention allowing us to use both golf courses ". Four tournaments are being rescheduled for later in 2020, and one event was canceled.

LPGA commissioner, Mike Whan, said: "We are so thankful to all our partners for their flexibility and willingness to work with us during this very hard time".

"Our greatest competitive advantage over the last five or six years has been our global diversity", Whan said in an interview with Golf Channel.

The LPGA also announced changes to the next five events on its calendar, which includes the U.S. Women's Open.

The Pelican Women's Championship in Florida's Belleair, scheduled for May 14 to 17, has been moved to November 12 to 15. 2; and the Meijer Classic in MI, which was to be played June 11-14, moves to a date not yet determined.

A previously postponed tournament, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, moves from March to September 24-27.

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