Leading professional golfers will return to competitive action for the first time in months after stopping coronavirus when the top three of the world 10 women tee off in South Korea on Thursday.
The KLPGA (Korean LPGA round) Championship will follow the football leagues and baseball in the country from behind closed doors at the Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, north of Seoul.
world No.3 Park Sung-hyun, sixth -Young Kim Sei and No.10 Lee Jeong-eun will be in a field of 150 strong pursuit of a check earning $ 180,000 a scholarship tournament record of $ 2.5 million, the highest in the 42-year history of the event.
South Korea – who endured a first worst outbreaks of myladie in the world – has brought Covid-19 under the control of a Widespread “trace, test and treat” model and began to take professional sports.
South Korean players dominated women’s golf and the visit of the US LPGA golfers with three ranked in the top six and eight of the world players in the top 20.
Twice winner Park won nine times on the LPGA tour and current champion Kim US Open Lee were back in the country.
They were returned after the LPGA season was suspended in February due to the pandemic following the Australian Open, which was won by another Korean, world No.11 Park In-bee .
the spectators will be allowed inside Lakewood Country Club and St protocolsricts will be in place to guard against the risk of infection.
All players and staff have their temperature checked before entering the room and the entire support staff must wear masks at all times.
Players will be required to wear masks before and after the game and can choose to don during their round, where they will have to keep a minimum of two meters from their competitors.
media coverage the tournament will be limited to two areas in the first and 10th tees.
Each player designated will eat one meal to maintain social distancing, without caddies or family members allowed to sit on. Table in the players’ lounge
Only four EveneLPGA ments were conducted this year – the last in Adelaide February 16 -. and the tour presented plans to resume in mid-July in Michigan
Men US PGA tour, which came to a juddering halt when the Players Championship was abandoned after the first round in March has penciled in a recovery in camera at the beginning of Charles Schwab Challenge June 11 in Fort Worth, Texas.
With sports fans around the world hungry broadcasters overseas live action have shown unprecedented interest in South Korea normally low-profile national competitions.
A spokesman KLPGA told US network CBS was in negotiations for the rights to broadcast the tournament.
the concourse “was the focus of world attention,” the KLPGA said in a statement, adding that he was “making all-out efforts” to organize the event “to please golf fans tired coronavirus. “