The Evian Championship, the LPGA Tour’s fourth major of the season, has been moved two weeks from July into August in a rescheduling reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on Friday by the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour.
Originally scheduled for July 23-26, the Evian Championship now is set for Aug. 6-9 at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France. Those dates originally fell during the schedule for the Olympic Games in Toyko, which have been postponed until next year. The women’s competition at the Games was set for Aug. 5-8.
“We greatly appreciate the willingness of Franck Riboud, Jacques Bungert and the team at the Evian Championship to move dates and align with our European swing,” LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said. “This adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events during a crowded summer and fall time frame.
“Like all our corporate partners, the team at the Evian Championship has always taken great steps to elevate the stage for our athletes. This 2020 schedule shift is yet another example of them supporting our players and our Tours during a very difficult time around the world.”
The Evian Championship will now take place the week before the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which is scheduled for Aug. 13-16 at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland, and two weeks ahead of the AIG British Women’s Open, one of five LPGA Tour majors which is set for Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland.
The LPGA canceled three tournaments in Asia and has postponed four others, in addition to rescheduling the ANA Inspiration, traditionally the first major of the year, from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage until Sept. 10-13.
Top-ranked Jin Young Ko of South Korea captured the 2019 Evian Championship, one of her two major titles last season, by two strokes over Jennifer Kupcho, Shanshan Feng of China and Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea.