Season to start with the KLPGA Championship in South Korea, but without fans

The 2020 golf season, so far on hold due to the global crisis COVID-19 pandemic will see its first major launch on Thursday when South Korea receives the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship.

The 42 KLPGA Championship It will be the first tour event since December and will be played at the Lakewood Country Club in Yangju with no spectators.

The priority is the safety of players, tournament officials and golf fans, and (the event) will be broadcast, organizers said in a statement.

KLPGA will apply strict preventive measures that rise to the level of 'social distancing' for its players and officials during the tournament.

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Organizers said equipment, from hand sanitizers to quarantine tents, if needed, will be prepared with contact location protocols.

Players like Kim Sei-young , Park Sung-hyun , Lee Bo Mi, Lee Jeong-eun and defending champion Choi Hye-jin are among the 150 players who will compete with a total of KRW 30 billion ($ 24.5 million) in sale prizes.