In what had only been a matter of time before it happened, professional golf has now officially joined the list of sports that have pivoted online during this spring's COVID-19 lockdown.
The U.S. Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has unveiled plans for an online tournament being billed as the LPGA eTour Live. Partners include Topgolf and the Symetra Tour.
Powered by Topgolf's online game World Golf Tour, head-to-head nine-hole matches will feature players that include Jane Park, Tiffany Joh, Lucy Li, sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda, Lizette Salas, and Angel Yin.
In a press release, LPGA senior vice-president of global media distribution Brian Carroll said: “This new endeavor is a creative way to showcase our LPGA and Symetra Tour players in an innovative online format, thanks to WGT and its incredibly realistic video game technology.”
Topgolf vice-president of business development Lincoln Silver added: “With a heightened focus on offering innovative, virtual entertainment and bringing people together during this time, WGT is honored to partner with the LPGA to present these live eTour events. WGT’s ability to provide the best esports golfing platform combined with the LPGA’s unique series of competitions will create a powerful experience for players all over the world who can truly immerse themselves in the competition.”
Tee-off times are always at 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesdays and Fridays and can be watched on digital channels for both the LPGA and Topgolf.
The tournament comes to a close June 3.