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The country’s biggest golf tournament (with US$1.6 million in prize money) was originally due to be held in Pattaya from February 20-23. The HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled for the following week, has also been cancelled.
“Due to the continued health concerns and recent advisories in some Asian countries that large-scale events should be cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus, the LPGA and its partners have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand, which was scheduled to take place in Pattaya, Thailand, and the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship, which was scheduled to take place February 27-March 1 in Singapore,” LPGA said in a statement.
“It is always a difficult decision to cancel events and the LPGA greatly appreciates the understanding and all the efforts made by our title sponsors (Honda and HSBC) as well as IMG to host incredible events for our players. The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority. While we are disappointed that these tournaments will not take place this season, we look forward to returning to Asia soon,” the LPGA said.
The LPGA Thailand was first held in 2006. Amy Yang of Korea won her third title last year, the most by a player in the tournament’s history.
Earleir, the Women's Amateur Asia Pacific Golf Championship, initially due this week in Pattaya, was also cancelled.