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LPGA Tour stop at Columbia Edgewater to begin Friday; Thursday round canceled because of poor air quality

COURTESY PHOTO: LPGA/GABE ROUX - Defending champion Hannah Green must wait until Friday to begin defense of her Cambia Portland Classic championship.The LPGA announced Tuesday, Sept. 15 that this week's Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club will be shortened to 54 holes because of poor air quality in the region.

Thursday's opening round has been canceled. The tournament is now scheduled to be played Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 19.

Also canceled was the pro-am round scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 49th edition of the Portland LPGA Tour event was already planned to be played without fans.

"As we have said throughout recent months, 2020 has been the year of health and safety, and this situation is no different," said Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA's chief tour operations officer in announcing the change. "Our meteorologist says that it is unlikely that air-quality conditions will improve before midday Thursday, and we cannot risk the health of our players, staff, volunteers, broadcast crew and others at the golf course."

Daly-Donofrio said the decision was not made lightly. "We are so appreciative of our partners at Cambia Health Solutions as they continue to support the LPGA Tour through this incredibly challenging 2020 season."

Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of the Cambia Portland Classic. Air times are 6 to 8 p.m. Pacific Time Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Coverage will be live-streamed on GolfChannel.com and the GOLF app 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.


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