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LPGA Portland Classic reduced to 54-hole tournament beginning Friday due to hazardous air quality

oregonlive.com — Nick Daschel oregonlive.com

Sept. 15--The LPGA Portland Classic will be played over 54 holes rather than 72 and run Friday through Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club due to poor air quality.

Thursday’s round, originally scheduled as the first of four rounds, was cancelled. The LPGA also cancelled Tuesday’s practice round as well as Wednesday’s pro-am.

The Portland Classic, which began in 1972, is the longest running non-major on the LPGA Tour.

“As we have said throughout recent months, 2020 has been the year of health and safety, and this situation is no different,” Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA’s chief tour operations officer, said in a statement. “Our meteorologist says that it is unlikely that air-quality conditions will improve before midday Thursday, and we cannot risk the health of our players, staff, volunteers, broadcast crew and others at the golf course. This is not a choice we made lightly, but we are confident that this is the right decision.”

This year’s tournament will be played without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of the tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

--Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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