May 11, 2020 10:49
The KLPGA Tour will resume its season this week after a break of several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move follows the opening of the Korean baseball and football leagues last week amid unusual attention from sports-starved fans around the world.
U.S. golf news outlets reported Sunday that the KLPGA Tour will resume its season on Thursday with the KLPGA Championship at the Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province.
The event, which will be played without a gallery, will be the first competition to be held as part of a major golf tour anywhere in the world since the coronavirus outbreak began.
It will feature 150 players in total, including three players in the world's top 10 -- Park Sung-hyun, Kim Sei-young and Lee Jeong-eun. A total of W3 billion in prize money will be on offer (US$1=W1,221).
Meanwhile, the PGA Tour season is due to kick off on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. All players, caddies, and staff will be subject to COVID-19 tests at the competition and all events thereafter.
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