Klára Spilková To Play Four Tournaments in a Row
After nearly a six-month break, the LPGA starts again, and Klára SPILKOVÁ will be there. After a two-week acclimatization and quarantine, the KPM global team and Czech Golf Team member has travelled from Florida to Ohio where she is to play two consecutive tournaments.
First, the LPGA Drive on Championship held from 31 July to 2 August (Toledo, prize money 1 million USD), followed by Marathon Classic from 6 to 9 August (Sylvania, 1.7 million USD).
In fact, it will be four tournaments in a row for the Czech golfer since the first two events in the US will be followed by two LPGA tournaments in Scotland – Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open from 13 to 16 August (North Berwick, 1.5 million USD) and the major AIG Women’s Open held from 20 to 23 August (Troon, 4.5 million USD).
A different LPGA will be awaiting the ladies, one with testing for COVID-19 every week. “I had already been tested before leaving Sarasota. A negative result came in within two days. The next testing will be after arriving to Ohio,” said Klára Spilková, who, as the majority of female golfers, will stay in the same hotel for the both US tournaments, observing recommendations to keep safe and remain in the close circle of LPGA personnel. She will be assisted by her regular caddie William St Onge.
Klára has got used to medical restrictions. “In Florida, I saw a much more responsible approach compared to the start of the pandemic, when nobody really knew anything and it was all panic. People wear masks inside buildings, and everybody practice social distancing. When I went to a restaurant, I sat outside. Everything is being disinfected, way more thoroughly than at home. Also flying is now less hectic. Airports are empty, no queues, everything goes fast,” described Klára Spilková the current situation.
In Florida, Klára could have a normal life during the quarantine and spend her time training at practice courses and practising game situations. She also considered a “warm-up” start at some minitour, but either it was too late to join or the site was too far from Sarasota, where she lives.
“I look forward to the new start of the season,“ said the golfer, who finished 8th already at her first January start in Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, which was her best result altogether. She can also find comfort in the fact that she now cannot lose the current LPGA card for the next season. However, Klára Spilková, who proceeded from the Q-Series, yet still improve her standing with this year’s performance.
After four weeks at the LPGA Tour, the golfer now plans to take a break from the play. Her schedule currently does not include the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open, part of the Ladies European Tour, held between 28 and 30 August in Beroun. “I will have a demanding programme with plenty of tournaments still ahead of me. I will most likely take some time off and stay in Scotland,“ said the golf professional.