Women's golf starts in South Korea but without fans

SEOUL: South Korean women's Golf course is starting again with the KLPGA Championship opening on Thursday, an event to be played without fans on the course.

Women's Golf in South Korea, it joins Korea's professional baseball and soccer leagues, which have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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

The tournament at the Lakewood Country Club located east of the capital Seoul was originally scheduled for April 30 to May 3.

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The organizers said that social distancing will be practiced by players and tournament officials. Players will also have hand sanitizers available. It was unclear if the players would take tests for coronavirus.


The 150-player field is crowned by Park Sung-hyun, Kim Sei-young, and defending champion Choi Hye-jin.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that Ko Jin-young and Park Sung-hyun, who are No. 1 and No. 3 in the women's world Golf rankings, will play an exhibition skins match near Incheon International Airport on May 24, with the players donating their winnings to charities of their choice.