Now that robust galleries are once again a regular sight at professional golf events around the globe, one can easily be lulled into believing we’re in the post-COVID era. But Wednesday brought a reminder that the pandemic is still very much a thing of the present.
For the third straight year, the Buick LPGA Shanghai will not be contested due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the tour announced Wednesday.
The event, which was last held in 2019 and won by Danielle Kang, was slated to be a stop in the tour’s Asian swing. The BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea kicks off the swing in late-October, with additional events in Taiwan and Japan rounding out the trip.
“We thank SAIC-GM Buick, the China Golf Association, the CLPGA and IMG for all their efforts,” read a statement from the tour, “and hope to compete in front of our fans at Qizhong Garden Golf Club in the future.”
The women’s circuit is currently on a two-week hiatus following In Gee Chun’s win at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Next up on the schedule is the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on July 13.