Four major champions tee up for virtual matchplay

Four LPGA champions will compete in the 36-hole LPGA Match Play Challenge on May 25 using a golf simulator that virtually will place golfers in Korea and St. Augustine, Fla., on the same Bethpage State Park Black Course.

Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu will be based at Zoimaru, a golf center in the South Korean city of Daejon. They are scheduled to take on Lydia Ko and Pernilla Lindberg, who will play from the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine. They will use the GOLFZON simulator.

“This concept of GOLFZON LPGA Match Play challenge is an exciting new development for the long-term relationship between the LPGA and GOLFZON,” said Sean Pyun, chief business officer for Asia for the LPGA. “Through our partnership, we’ve witnessed firsthand the type of impact they have had in the Korean golf industry, from the standpoint of growing the game of golf in Korea. We are proud to present this event to the LPGA audience in partnership with GOLFZON.”

The foursome holds a combined 12 major titles.

The 36-hole competition will open with an 18-hole foursomes match, followed by an 18-hole four-ball match. The winning team receives a $10,000 donation to the COVID-19 charity of their choice.

Park, the seven-time major champion, said she’s excited for real-time golf.

“Since the LPGA Tour stopped due to COVID-19, it’s amazing that real-time match play is possible with our fellow players in other parts of the world. I can’t wait to entertain golf fans all over the globe through this match,” Park said.

No fans will be allowed at either venue. The match will stream live on GOLFZON’s official YouTube channel and Naver TV Live.

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