LPGA cancels China event two weeks prior to scheduled start


The LPGA is canceling the Imperial Springs LPGA in Guangzhou, China, scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The event was slated to kick start the tour’s fall swing through Asia, the week after the Solheim Cup.

Commissioner Mike Whan is scheduled to speak about the cancelation in a player meeting Tuesday evening in Alabama ahead of the Navistar LPGA Classic. The LPGA will release a statement after the player meeting.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be played after the Women's British Open but was pushed back into autumn at the request of Imperial Springs developer Kingold Group. Chinese officials have been cracking down on golf course development in the country which has gone largely unchecked for several years. Whan originally gave a July deadline for Kingold to acquire approval to host the event.

This marks the second time in 2011 that an LPGA event has been canceled. Earlier this year, Whan scrapped the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico over safety concerns.