The LPGA Tour heads back to the lone star state for the eighth edition of the Volunteers of America Classic, but months later than it normally would. After months of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first year the tournament will take place in December. Rolex Rankings No. 5 and 2015 champion Inbee Park returns to Old American Golf Club in hopes becoming the third player this season of winning twice in 2020. Cheyenne Knight is also back to defend her 2019 title, with friends and family supporting from home. Knight has already earned two top-five finishes this year, a tie for second at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and a tie for fifth at the Cambia Portland Classic.
The field includes World No. 1 Young Ko, who played in her first 2020 event at the Pelican Championship presented by Dex Imaging & Konica Minolta, and 2019 U.S. Women’s Open champion Lee6. All three of the 2020 Rolex First-Time Winners will tee it up this week, including the most recent, Ally McDonald, who secured her maiden Tour victory at the LPGA Drive Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee.
There are several Texas residents supporting their state with pride at the Old American Golf Club, including Rolex Rankings No. 16 Mi Jung Hur and a new face to the Dallas community, Lindsey Weaver. After the VOA Classic comes the U.S. Women’s Open in Houston, TX followed by the final event of the season in Naples, Fla., the CME Group Tour Championship.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VOA CLASSIC
- This is the eighth playing of the Volunteers of America ClassicFrom 2013 to 2016, the tournament had two cuts, one at 36 holes to the top 70 and ties, and one at 54 holes to the top 50 and ties
- There are six champions in tournament history – Cheyenne Knight (2019), Stacy Lewis (2014), Haru Nomura (2017), Inbee Park (2013, 2015), Sung Hyun Park (2018) and Jenny Shin (2016)
- Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park and Jenny Shin are all in this year’s field
- This is the third year the tournament will be held at Old American Golf Club; from 2013 to 2017, it was held at Las Colinas Country Club