Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
The calendar has changed to 2011 and the LPGA Tour finally announced its schedule for the season.
The LPGA continues its global commitment with the tour’s 25 official money events spread through 12 different countries. Through the season, the tour will have the “Countdown to Titleholders,” which is the new name for the season-ending tournament.
The year starts with a pair of events in Asia, before returning to the United States for a new event, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.
“The heart and soul of the LPGA is embodied by its gifted and engaged players, who to this day still embrace the same primary responsibility established by the LPGA’s Founders: To leave the Tour better than how they found it,” said LPGA Tour commissioner Michael Whan in a release.
The Founders Cup event will be a 54-hole tournament and the 132 players in the field will “forgo a tournament purse in favor of financially supporting the LPGA Foundation that runs the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program.”
As always, the Kraft Nabisco Championship kicks off golf’s major championship season as it starts March 31st at Mission Hills.
The tour will have back-to-back majors with a one-week break in between. The Wegmans LPGA Championship will return to Locus Hill for the second straight year starting on June 23.
The U.S. Women’s Open kicks off July 7. The championship shifts from Oakmont to The Broadmoor. After another week off, the tour heads to Europe for two weeks, then Asia for a week and another new event, the Imperial Springs LPGA.
The second of those two European events is the Women’s British Open, which heads from Royal Birkdale to Carnoustie. That is the final major of the season for the LPGA Tour.
Killeen Castle hosts the Solheim Cup from September 23-25. The tour heads to Asia for four events after that, then to Mexico for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
The week after Ochoa’s event will be the Titleholders. The final event will have three players from each of the season’s first 24 tournaments.
Whan stated that there may be more events to come. “I would expect at least one more surprise for 2011,” he said. “Like last year, we came out with a late surprise with the Sybase Match Play Championship. I think there is another surprise on the horizon for ’11.”