2020 ANA INSPIRATION STELLAR FIELD IS SET AS MAJOR WOMEN’S GOLF RETURNS TO USA, SEPT. 10-13

September 4, 2020

The 2020 ANA Inspiration will see eight of the world’s top ten players gather at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California from September 10 – 13, marking the strongest field gathered globally since COVID-19 stopped play.

Along with four of the world’s top five, there are 17 players in the world’s top 25 and seven past champions in the field. World No.2 Danielle Kang and World No.3 Nelly Korda head a home challenge of 41 US players competing for the 49th edition of this historic Major tournament.

World No.4 Sung Hyun Park and World No.5 Sei Young Kim are making their 2020 Major debut having not travelled to the UK for the AIG Women’s Open, while former Champion Inbee Park is the third top ten ranked Korean in the 106 player line up with the 2019 Champion Jin Young Ko choosing not to travel this year.

Sung Hyun Park commented: “I am really looking forward to playing in my first LPGA Major of the year. It has been an uncertain time, but I always knew I wanted to return to the USA for the ANA Inspiration! It is one of the best events of the year and although I am really going to miss all the amazing ANA Inspiration fans this year, I am really looking forward to seeing all my friends on the LPGA Tour having spent so much time away.”

There are 20 Major Champions with 24 Major titles, 30 Solheim Cup players with over 90 appearances between them and 22 nationalities represented this year. Continuing the tradition of giving the world’s best amateurs invaluable Major experience, there are six amateur stand-outs invited: China’s Lei Ye, Texan Kaitlyn Papp, Australia’s Gabriela Ruffels, California’s Rose Zhang, Northern Ireland’s  Olivia Mehaffey and North Carolina’s Emilia Migliaccio.

World No.2 Danielle Kang commented; “We’re very thankful to ANA for their event, and their amazing efforts to get it rescheduled in 2020.  I’m very excited to play in our second Major of the year, and we can’t wait to play for the fans at home that’ll be watching us.”

This prestigious Major, postponed from its traditional March date, will be going ahead without spectators for the 49th edition following close consultation and collaboration with partners ANA, the LPGA, the City of Rancho Mirage, Mission Hills Country Club and in consultation with the Riverside County Health Department, following the State of California Public Health Department guidelines.

Fans will be able to watch the ANA Inspiration on Golf Channel and Sky Sports and follow along for enhanced content on social @ANAinspiration and the tournament website ANAinspiration.com.

All those who have purchased tickets for the 2020 ANA Inspiration should visit ANAInspiration.com for refund information.

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About the ANA Inspiration

 

The ANA Inspiration is golf’s first major and one of the LPGA Tour’s most prestigious events. Previously known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tournament was founded in 1972 by David Foster and Dinah Shore and earned the designation as a major championship in 1983. Contested at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., since its inception, the ANA Inspiration holds the distinction of being the second oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course. For many, the event is most distinguished by one of golf’s most beloved traditions: the champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond, located adjacent to the 18th green. In 1988, the first champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond was taken by Amy Alcott, and since has become one of the most anticipated and memorable traditions in golf. For more information on the ANA Inspiration, please visit ANAinspiration.com or call 760-834-8872. On social media, visit facebook.com/ANAinspiration, twitter.com/ANAinspiration or instagram.com/ANAinspiration.

 

About the LPGA  

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

 

 

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.

 

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