The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship ー one of five Major Championships on the LPGA Tour ー will be contested without spectators onsite, October 6-11, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
The decision to play without spectators was made in coordination with Pennsylvania Department of Health, Newtown Township and the Chester County Department of Health, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority.
The PGA of America will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and work in concert with the leading state and township public health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, up to and through Championship Week.
“We’re grateful to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Newtown Township and Delaware County for their partnership in conducting the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley. “We’re excited to showcase historic Aronimink Golf Club, an incredible venue located in a community that has been a long-time supporter of women’s golf and the LPGA. And while we will, unfortunately, be unable to have spectators with us at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, we’re certain that the talented players in the field will inspire those watching around the globe.”
Founded in 1896, Aronimink has hosted a number of significant golf events during its storied history, including the 1962 PGA Championship (won by Gary Player). The PGA Championship will return to Aronimink in 2026.
With the playing of the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Aronimink will be the first venue to stage each of the PGA of America’s three rotating major championships (PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship).
“While we’ll miss our spectators at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this year, we will still impact young girls and boys all over the world, thanks to our worldwide television coverage,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This event has always been bigger than just golf. It impacts leaders and future leaders, lifting dreams while it changes stereotypes. A huge thank you to KPMG and the PGA of America for their willingness and persistence to ensure that the impact of this Championship is not diminished despite the challenges we face this year!”
In three of the last four years, the top 100 players on the LPGA Official Money List have played in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which again features one of the highest purses in women’s golf. The Championship will be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel and will include 16 hours of live coverage from Aronimink.
The field also will once again include the top eight finishers in the previous year’s LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship, whether they are PGA or LPGA members, as well as the 2020 PGA Women’s Stroke Play Champion.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has built on the history and tradition of the LPGA Championship, which began in 1955 and is the second-oldest major in women’s golf.
The event is held in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.
In the coming days, those who purchased corporate hospitality packages, tickets, or signed up to volunteer for the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be contacted to facilitate refunds.
Prior to its postponement on April 29, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was originally scheduled for play June 23-28.