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Published January 4, 1996
The PGA Tour starts its season today at the Mercedes Championship at Lacosta on Carlsbad, CA. The Tour's 45 events feature a total of $66.6M in purse money. The LPGA, which gets underway next week, will have 39 events for $25.3M in prize money -- up $1M from '95. The Senior PGA Tour also has 39 events for $38.5M. In Washington, Leonard Shapiro notes that golf heads into '96 "in relatively strong shape" with World Tour and FTC problems settled. However, the controversy over CBS commentator Ben Wright still "lingers" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/4)....In an interview released by the Corel WTA Tour, Monica Seles expressed a desire for equal pay at future Australian Opens, but she said she still plans to play in the tournament. Seles: "I wish it wouldn't have happened ... [but] I always play because it doesn't matter to me" (Corel WTA Tour)....The CFL owes its Players' Association nearly $500,000 in overdue pension-fund payments at the same time they are trying to reduce roster sizes and cut pay. The CFLPA says it will not begin negotiations on a new CBA until the pension-fund issue is settled (TORONTO SUN, 1/4)....The NPSL announced its players will be allowed to participate in MLS combines to be held this month. NPSL Commissioner Steve Paxos said they are "glad to assist and cooperate" with MLS (NPSL).