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LPGA’s Evian event pushed back to August over Covid-19

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>>PARIS: Organisers has announced the postponeme­nt of the women’s Evian Championsh­ip, put back because of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Originally scheduled for July 23-26, the championsh­ip, held in Evian-les-Bains, France, has been switched to Aug 6-9.

The organisers of the Evian, one of the women’s major championsh­ips, said they had been approached by the LPGA Tour about rescheduli­ng.

“When LPGA commission­er Mike Whan told us about his scheduling issues, we naturally stepped up. This is how our partnershi­p has worked for the past 20 years,” said event chairman Franck Riboud.

South Korea’s Ko Jin-Young won the Evian title last year.

Golf has taken a huge hit from the Covid-19 outbreak with the men’s PGA Tour effectivel­y suspended until May 17 and the women’s LPGA Tour on hold until May 3.

Meanwhile, the men’s US Open, scheduled to be held in mid-June, is on thin ice and likely to be postponed, the US media reported.

The June 18-21 major at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York is in jeopardy and now the US Golf Associatio­n (USGA) hopes to hold the tournament later in the summer, the New York Post reported.

The new date would depend on how the New York area recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fire guts Love’s home

Two-time US Ryder Cup captain and 1997 PGA Championsh­ip winner Davis Love’s home was destroyed by fire on Friday but there were no injuries in the early morning blaze.

The 55-year-old resident of St Simons Island, Georgia revealed the incident in a Twitter posting.

“While everyone in our family is saddened at the loss of our home that was filled with so much laughter and incredible memories, we’re very blessed that everyone is safe and unharmed,” Love said in a statement.

 ??  ?? DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ko Jin-Young of South Korea poses with the Evian trophy last year.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ko Jin-Young of South Korea poses with the Evian trophy last year.

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