LPGA hits into the rough as China event canceled

Sports | 14 Sep 2017

The LPGA had to cancel a tournament in Shanghai less than a month before it was due to be played after failing to get local government approval for the event.

The Alisports tournament, won last year by Kim In Kyung, had been scheduled for October 5-8. It is the second time in three years the tournament has been scrapped.

"The hardest part about this news is that we have a title sponsor, a tournament operator, a TV production group and a host venue all set to go," said LPGA commissioner Mike Whan. "However, in China, sporting events of this nature cannot take place without approvals at multiple levels - and the local approval was denied."

Alisports, a division of Alibaba Group, said last year that it was partnering with the LPGA "to own an LPGA tournament hosted annually in mainland China for the next 10 years." The tournament was to have been part of a seven-event South Pacific and Asia swing that will take top women golfers to New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and China.


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