LPGA announces cancellation of Buick LPGA event in Shanghai

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Another event has dropped off the LPGA schedule. The tour announced Tuesday that the Buick LPGA Shanghai, scheduled for Oct. 15-18, will not be played because of the current health concerns and significant travel restrictions put in place due to COVID-19.

The Shanghai event became a question mark last month when the Associated Press reported news of an order from China’s General Administration of Sports that would cancel all international sporting events in the country for the rest of the year.

“We thank SAIC-GM Buick, the China Golf Association, the CLPGA, and IMG for all their efforts and very much look forward to returning to Qizhong Garden Golf Club, Shanghai in 2021,” the LPGA said in a statement.

The Buick LPGA Shanghai would have been the start of a four-tournament Asian swing for the fall. The BMW Ladies Championship in Korea, Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA and TOTO Japan Classic remain on the schedule.

The PGA Tour’s HSBC Champions is scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Shanghai, but the Tour has not made an announcement on its fate. The World Golf Championships event is played annually at Sheshan International Golf Club.

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