There will be no spectators at the US Open Women’s Golf, next December in Houston, due to security concerns related to Covid-19, the American Golf Association has announced. Ph: AFP

The US Women’s Golf Open, scheduled for Houston next December, will be played behind closed doors, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the American Golf Federation announced on Wednesday.

The “safety of everyone involved,” especially the golfers, prompted the US Golf Association to make “the right decision,” said John Bodenhamer, director of competitions at the USGA.

The defending champion is South Korean Lee Jeong-eun, who won last year in Charleston, South Carolina. She only played two tournaments this year on the international circuit (LPGA), in February in Australia, before the start of the pandemic.

The Houston Open, counting for the men’s circuit, will be held next month, with a limited number of spectators.

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