“Thanks in part to the generosity of our partners who could not reschedule their events in 2020, we are adding a valuable additional playing opportunity for our LPGA Tour members,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a press release.
“We are so appreciative of our longtime partners, Marathon and Dana, as well as the memberships at Highland Meadows and Inverness, for adjusting their schedules and helping us create a valuable two-week stretch in the Toledo area as we work to safely return to competition. This new event will allow us to test our COVID-19 protocols before we get to welcome back our fans at the Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana.”
The PGA Tour Champions previously announced that the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, one of five majors annually contested on the circuit, was moved to Aug. 13-16 at Firestone Country Club in Akron.
Firestone previously hosted the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational until the TOUR elected to take the event to TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, and rename it the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Pittsburgh golf fans will remember the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship as the Constellation Senior Players Championship, which was held for at Fox Chapel Golf Club from 2012-14. Joe Daley, Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer won those respective events before the event moved to four different locations in as many years.
This year will mark the second in which PGA Tour Champions will play at Firestone, with many of its golfers previously playing there as PGA Tour members. Last year Retief Goosen won the event by two strokes over Jay Haas and Tim Petrovic.
A week later, from Aug. 20-23, the Korn Ferry Tour will have the stage in Columbus at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. This event features members of the Korn Ferry Tour, members of the PGA TOUR who fell outside of the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and players on medical extension.
Last year Scottie Scheffler won the event. Fans will be permitted to attend this event.