LPGA calls off Toto Japan Classic due to COVID concerns


The Toto Japan Classic, originally set to be played Nov. 4-7, is no longer part of the LPGA Tour schedule due to concerns over the pandemic.

The cancellation leaves just one tournament as part of the tour’s Asian swing in the fall.

Additionally, just four tournament remain on the tour schedule, beginning with the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey. South Korea will play home to the BMW Ladies Championship Oct. 21-24. The tour will then wrap up with back-to-back events in Florida. The CME Group Tour Championship is set to close out the season.

Previously, tournament in Shanghai and Taiwan have been canceled.

As reason for the Japan tournament to be canceled, the LPGA Tour cited “continuing health concerns and significant travel restrictions” caused by the pandemic.

The PGA Tour still plans to hold the Zozo Championship in Japan three weeks from now. Olympic gold medalist Xander Shcauffele, Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler are all set to attend.

The Toto Japan Classic is expected to return to next year’s schedule.