The LPGA Tour will not have its qualifying events at the end of the year, deciding Wednesday to keep the same roster of players it has on all of its tours.
The LPGA already has canceled seven events, plus the UL International Crown team event, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut the tour down since Inbee Park won the Women's Australian Open on Feb. 16. It hopes to resume on July 23-26 with the Marathon Classic in Ohio.
If everything goes well across the eight countries it plays the rest of the year, it would be a 23-tournament season.
Because of travel and comfort concerns, Commissioner Mike Whan thought it was only fair that players keep the same status they had at the start of 2020, unless they were to win a tournament and move up in priority.
That means no one can lose a card, and there was no reason to add more players through its Q-Series.
“Because we're not repopulating either the Symetra Tour or the LPGA Tour — or the LET (Ladies European Tour) for that matter — we don't need Q-schools,” Whan said in a conference call. “Because we're not going to have people play off (the tour) and we're not going to have people play in.”
Whan also said Monday qualifying would be eliminated for the rest of the year, primarily due to the cost of having staff in place and testing for the new coronavirus at those one-day qualifiers.
It was a setback for college players who were thinking of turning pro because they would have to wait until the end of 2021 to go through qualifying.