Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THIS WEEK ON TOUR; No Purse in LPGA Event

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THIS WEEK ON TOUR; No Purse in LPGA Event

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

The 2011 LPGA schedule, released last week, will include a radical idea.

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, a 54-hole event March 18-20 at the Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, will not have a purse. The 132-player field will, in effect, donate earnings to the LPGA Foundation's LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program.

An imaginary purse will list earnings that will count on the money list. Beyond that, the players will be competing for a trophy. The Founders Cup is the first U.S. event on the LPGA schedule.

According to the LPGA, contributions to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program will more than double by adding the entire purse for a 54-hole event. The program has more than 200 sites around the country and has assisted more than 60,000 girls since 1989.

The other new addition to the LPGA schedule is the resurrection of the Titleholders brand. The season-ending event will be at Grand Cypress in Orlando on Nov. 17-20, with a new qualification system: The top three in each of the 24 LPGA events preceding it will make it into the final field.

The LPGA season begins with two events in Asia, the Honda LPGA om Feb. 18-20 and the HSBC Women's Championship in Singapore on Feb. 24-27.

The LPGA Championship will be at Locust Hill in Rochester, N.Y., on June 23-26; the U.S. Women's Open will be at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 7-10; and the Women's British Open will be at Carnoustie on July 28-31. The first LPGA major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco, will be in its usual spot at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on March 31-April 3.

WHO'S HOT

JONATHAN BYRD

With his playoff victory last week in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the St. Simons Island, Ga., resident has captured his last two events in sudden death, dating to last year in Las Vegas when he won with a hole-in-one. Byrd also has shot in the 60s in his past eight competitive rounds on Tour.

WHO'S NOT

STUART APPLEBY

Since shooting 59 to win last year's Greenbrier Classic, Appleby hasn't finished higher than a tie for 52nd in a full-field Tour event. Last week, he was 25th of 32 players in the no-cut Tournament of Champions. …

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