The LPGA Tour announced the 2020 edition of the CP Women’s Open has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was originally scheduled for August 31-September 6 at the venerable Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The membership at the club quickly voted in favour of hosting the event in 2021 instead, and it will welcome back the stars of the LPGA Tour next August 23-29.
“The CP Women’s Open is truly a world-class event and a favorite stop for all of us at the LPGA Tour,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “I understand this was a tough decision for everyone involved, but given the restrictions faced, there was simply nothing else that could be done that would have enabled us to run the event in 2020. It is disappointing to miss Canada’s national championship and I know I speak for all LPGA Tour players and staff when I say we look forward to being back in Vancouver next year.”
Tournament organizers continued to monitor guidelines set out by federal, provincial, and municipal authorities intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but with continued restrictions on cross-border travel in place, the decision was made to not have an event in 2020.
Factors including mandatory quarantines along with limitations on group gatherings in B.C. ultimately forced organizers to cancel this year’s event.
While there will be no tournament played in 2020, CP said it is committed to raising funds through the CP Has Heart campaign in support of children’s heart health. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation will continue to be the primary charity partner in 2021.
The 2021 CP Women’s Open will mark the sixth time B.C. has hosted Canada’s Women’s National Championship. The last time was in 2015 at The Vancouver Golf Club where Lydia Ko won her third CP Women’s Open title. Most of the top players in the world make a point of adding the CP Women’s Open to their LPGA Tour schedule every year, and 2021 should be no exception.
Past champion and Golf Town athlete Brooke Henderson (who won in 2018 and finished T3 in 2019) is expected to be the crowd favourite once again and she is excited to have the Brooke Brigade cheer her on from near and far next year.
“While disappointed to not be able to compete at our national championship this year, I appreciate all of the efforts to keep players, fans and communities safe,” said Brooke. “I look forward to visiting Vancouver and competing at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in 2021!”