Certainly, the LPGA is participating in, but COVID is however getting a substantial effect

The LPGA is again in company this weekend at the Gainbridge LPGA at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, a system that is house to players these as Lydia Ko and Annika Sorenstam, who came out of retirement to play in the event this 7 days.

The event is some thing akin to normalcy for the women’s tour, which is actively playing for the 2nd time in 2021. The women’s tour will play once more future week at the LPGA Push On Championship introduced by Volvik at Ocala, Florida. But as the coronavirus pandemic environment proceeds to swirl all around us, the LPGA continues to be the tour that is probably strike the hardest of any sporting activities organization in the state.

Try to remember that the LPGA shouldn’t be participating in in Florida this 7 days or up coming week. The tour really should be on a five-party swing through Australia and Asia, the LPGA’s common spring Asian tour. The final 3 activities of that swing were being canceled final year since of the pandemic, nevertheless the tour did engage in the two events in Australia. That was the starting of a five-thirty day period shutdown for the LPGA, a shutdown that came previously than other sporting activities in the state due to the fact the LPGA’s gatherings were abroad.

Since of the ongoing COVID-19 challenges, the 5 occasions in Australia and Asia were early casualties on the LPGA timetable for 2021 as very well. That still left a significant gap in a routine for players who experienced far too few odds to perform in 2020.

To its credit rating, the LPGA managed to put two situations collectively promptly, this week’s Orlando party and up coming week’s occasion in Ocala. The purses are not substantial, but they are purses nevertheless, providing gamers a chance to make a verify and pay back some costs.

It is a related technique that the tour made use of last yr, including some functions in scheduled open up weeks late in the yr just to give players a probability to participate in. It’s a person of the greatest illustrations of a athletics corporation scrambling to enable its players throughout the pandemic.

Lydia Ko Gainbridge LPGA

Lydia Ko walks on the 18th hole in the course of the 1st spherical of the Gainnbridge LPGA at Lake Nona Golfing and Country Club on February 25, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Visuals)

A sluggish LPGA start for 2021

The begin of a 12 months has always been difficult for the LPGA, and this year is no distinctive. Contemplate the tour has one particular event in January, a single in February and two in March, the function in Ocala and the Kia Common in Carlsbad on March 25-28. That means by the time the tour will come to the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California. the first week of April for the 1st major of the calendar year, the LPGA will have played just four moments in 2021.

At the time the LPGA does get to Carlsbad at the conclusion of March, the Kia Vintage will be the 1st of 17 consecutive weeks of tournaments, such as journeys in May possibly to Singapore, Thailand and China. Those people are the a few rescheduled occasions the LPGA ought to be having completely ready to perform now.

But in reality, no one particular understands for confident where by the pandemic will be then or no matter if all those tournaments may possibly be in danger of staying postponed once more. At the conclusion of that 17-7 days stretch is the Amundi Evian Championship in France, so journey to Europe might continue to be fascinating.

It may possibly look that the golfing planet is beginning to return to normal, with both of those the Masters and the PGA Championship announcing they will allow for constrained lovers on their programs in April and May well, respectively. But there are nevertheless many hurdles to be cleared in advance of nearly anything resembling normalcy returns to events. Question the people at the ANA Inspiration, which will be performed for the second year in a row with no admirers in Rancho Mirage.

The LPGA routine for now is the greatest it can be beneath the instances. With any luck ,, there will not be a require for more postponements and the existing occasions will be capable to carry extra followers back to the program to cheer on the gamers. But for now, just as anything else in the world, the pandemic has all people hoping for steadiness and ready for inescapable transform.

Larry Bohannan is the golfing author for the Palm Springs Desert Sunlight, portion of the United states Nowadays Network. He can be attained at [email protected]. Stick to him on Fb or on Twitter at @Larry_Bohannan.