LPGA 'blindsided' by tournament cancellation in China


With the inaugural Imperial Springs LPGA event in China a little more than two weeks away, the LPGA was “blindsided” this week by the cancellation of the event, according to a statement released by the tour after a players meeting Tuesday night at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan informed players in the meeting that the China Golf Association canceled the event late Monday night. It was scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 2, the week after the Solheim Cup in Ireland.

“Clearly, this is not an ideal scenario and certainly not news that the LPGA, our players or our partners expected just a few weeks away from the tournament,” according to a tour statement. “This event was previously scheduled for Aug. 4-7 and was postponed until September to allow the title sponsor and tournament organizers more time for proper permitting. Subsequently, the LPGA received assurances that the event could be staged as planned in late September.    

“Blindsided by the news, the LPGA has exhausted all possibilities to carry on with the event as scheduled but have been told that the tournament must be canceled.”

The future of the event is uncertain.

“We are unable to share further details of the cancellation at this time,” the statement continued. “We view China as an important market for the LPGA and remain open to creating a world-class event with long-term success.”