Coming off the momentum of a dramatic ANA Inspiration, the LPGA announced on Tuesday that a new tournament will be added to its schedule.
Golf fans will be treated to the LPGA Drive On Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee, Oct. 22-25, in Greensboro, Georgia.
It’s the second Drive On Championship added to the 2020 schedule.
For those four days, a full field will compete on the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee for a $1.3 million purse. The event will be televised on Golf Channel and the LPGA’s international broadcast partners.
The tour also announced the cancellation of the BMW Ladies Championship and the Toto Japan Classic. Both events will return next year.
“We greatly appreciate the efforts by our partners at BMW and Toto to try to host their events this season and we look forward to returning to Korea and Japan in 2021,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan in a statement. “Since we unfortunately cannot travel to Asia, we felt it was very important to add another competitive opportunity for our players. A big thank you to Reynolds Lake Oconee for hosting this official LPGA event, and giving an incredible venue to showcase the world’s best female golfers.”
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant health regulations have made it impossible for the LPGA to embark on its planned Asian swing this fall. All four events this year have now been canceled.
The first LPGA Drive On Championship was at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Danielle Kang was victorious on Aug. 2 in that event, closing the show with a 2-under 70 for the first of two consecutive wins in Toledo.
The Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee re-opened last October following 18 months of renovations by Jack Nicklaus.