The Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Hana Financial Group (HFG) Championship 2020 will be held at the Sky72 Ocean Course on Yeongjong Island in Incheon, South Korea from November 5-8, 2020. This was confirmed by Hana Financial Group.
It will be the first tournament of the new Ladies Asian Tour (LAT) series organized by the Asian Golf Leaders Forum (AGLF), which was officially launched in January 2020 to jumpstart Asian women’s golf. The KLPGA HFG Championship 2020 has the largest KLPGA total purse of KRW 1.5 billion (US$1.3million) and it will be aired on SBS Golf from November 5-8, 2020 in South Korea.
Originally scheduled for September 2020, the tournament was postponed due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will now be held this week at Sky72 without spectators at the golf course and with all safety precautions enforced. The organizing committee decided to proceed with the tournament in this format to provide more playing opportunities to Korean players in the KLPGA.
This will make up for the number of domestic tournaments that have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Some top-ranked players who are rarely seen in the KLPGA Tours will attend.
Among the 96 players, 13 major champions in the past four years will compete. The roster includes the current world number 1 Jin Young Ko, LPGA Tour Players So Yeon Ryu, Jeong Eun Lee and Hyo Joo Kim.
Other KLPGA players confirmed to be playing are 2019 Hana Financial Group Championship winner Ha Na Jang, Ji Hyun Kim, Hye Rim Kim, Chae Yoon Park, Shi Hyun Ahn, Ji Hyun Oh, Da Hyun Lee, Seung Hyun Lee, Hee Jeong Lim, Su Yeon Jang and Hye Jin Choi. Past winners Jin Joo Hong and Na Yeon Choi will also be playing.
Overseas-based HFG-sponsored players will not be playing so that they can remain in the LPGA tour to accumulate World Ranking points for the 2021 Olympics. Among them are Rolex World Ranking number 5 Minjee Lee, former Rolex World Ranking Lydia Ko, rising star Yealimi Noh and Patty Tavatanakit.