Pic; Gabe Roux
September 5: The 2020 ANA Inspiration will see eight of the world’s top ten players gather at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California from September 10 – 13, marking the strongest field gathered globally since COVID-19 stopped play.
Along with four of the world’s top five, there are 17 players in the world’s top 25 and seven past champions in the field. World No.2 Danielle Kang and World No.3 Nelly Korda head a home challenge of 41 US players competing for the 49th edition of this historic Major tournament.
World No.4 Sung Hyun Park and World No.5 Sei Young Kim are making their 2020 Major debut having not travelled to the UK for the AIG Women’s Open, while former Champion Inbee Park is the third top ten ranked Korean in the 106 player line up with the 2019 Champion Jin Young Ko choosing not to travel this year.
Sung Hyun Park commented: “I am really looking forward to playing in my first LPGA Major of the year. It has been an uncertain time, but I always knew I wanted to return to the USA for the ANA Inspiration! It is one of the best events of the year and although I am really going to miss all the amazing ANA Inspiration fans this year, I am really looking forward to seeing all my friends on the LPGA Tour having spent so much time away.”
There are 20 Major Champions with 24 Major titles, 30 Solheim Cup players with over 90 appearances between them and 22 nationalities represented this year. Continuing the tradition of giving the world’s best amateurs invaluable Major experience, there are six amateur stand-outs invited: China’s Lei Ye, Texan Kaitlyn Papp, Australia’s Gabriela Ruffels, California’s Rose Zhang, Northern Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey and North Carolina’s Emilia Migliaccio.
World No.2 Danielle Kang commented; “We’re very thankful to ANA for their event, and their amazing efforts to get it rescheduled in 2020. I’m very excited to play in our second Major of the year, and we can’t wait to play for the fans at home that’ll be watching us.”
This prestigious Major, postponed from its traditional March date, will be going ahead without spectators for the 49th edition following close consultation and collaboration with partners ANA, the LPGA, the City of Rancho Mirage, Mission Hills Country Club and in consultation with the Riverside County Health Department, following the State of California Public Health Department guidelines.