March 2, 2021

ANA Inspiration Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Staff & Wire Reports

The 50th edition of the ANA Inspiration will take place April 1 – 4 at Mission Hills Country Club, marking a return to its usual position on the calendar as the first LPGA major tournament of the year.

This historic major, which has 38 different champions over its 49-year history, will once again gather the world’s best women with the field headed by defending champion, Mirim Lee, who claimed her first major title last year over the famous Dinah Shore Tournament Course.

As with last year’s tournament, the tournament will be played without spectators due to COVID-19 related restrictions following close 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.

With no onsite hospitality possible this year, tournament organizers have taken this unique opportunity, coinciding with 50th Anniversary celebrations, to play the famous 18th island green surrounded by the famous Poppie’s Pond in its purest state. As far as the records show, the world’s best golfers will be approaching the 18th green just as the competitors would have encountered it in its inaugural edition in 1972, clear of any hospitality units or branding.

Fans will be able to watch the ANA Inspiration around the world, including on Golf Channel and Sky Sports, and follow along for enhanced content on social @ANAinspiration and the tournament website

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