The LPGA has decided to cancel Tour qualifying “Q-schools” this year because of the coronavirus pandemic with most players retaining their status for the 2021 season, the elite women’s golf circuit said on Wednesday.
The tour also cancelled another tournament because of the health crisis when it scrubbed the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan from the schedule.
The tour, which was suspended in late February after the Australian Open, plans to return on July 23 with the opening round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Commissioner Mike Whan said the decision to retain the same playing roster, with a few exceptions for players returning from medical exemptions or earning cards from tournament wins, was simply a matter of fairness.
“We really felt that the right thing to do was make sure that while Covid-19 is going to affect 2020 for everybody, it shouldn’t affect your career,” he said.