Korean LPGA Golfers Shorten Their Breaks at Home

Many Korean golfers playing on the LPGA Tour have hurried to the U.S. amid the outbreak of coronavirus infections here.

Park Hee-young, who initially planned to stay in Korea until early March, returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I wanted to spend my break in Korea eating home-cooked meals and hanging out with my friends,” Park said. “But my husband wants me to return to the U.S., just in case [the outbreak drags on],” she added.

Park In-bee hugs with her mother as she arrives at Incheon International Airport on Feb. 17. /Yonhap

Park In-bee and Ryu So-yeon are also set to leave for the U.S. on Wednesday. Both had also planned to stay here until early March but changed their plans. Park Sung-hyun left for Florida last week.

Other Korean players staying in the U.S. are scrapping their plans to come to Korea.

Ko Jin-young, currently ranked No. 1 in women’s golf, was scheduled to attend some sponsorship events in Korea after recently signing a three-year deal with LG.

Kim Sei-young, who has been staying in Miami, wanted to take a break in Korea but her family insisted that she stay in the U.S.

After a couple of this month’s tournaments were canceled due to the outbreak, the LPGA is set to resume this season with the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona slated for mid-March.

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