SBD/Issue 52/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Money Putt: LPGA Tour Members Upset About $1M Playoff Prize

Sorenstam Feels Playoff Prize
Could Skew LPGA Money List
Annika Sorenstam and other LPGA players “have talked to tour officials about the size of the winner’s check” at the season-ending “LPGA Playoffs at the ADT” beginning next year, as they are concerned it “could skew the money list,” according to Doug Ferguson of the AP. The $1M first-place prize is the largest in women’s golf and nearly doubles the $560,000 the winner of the U.S. Women’s Open receives. LPGA player Lorie Kane: “The money list is important. I don’t think somebody should come out and win $1[M] and pass someone who’s had an awesome year.” Sorenstam added, “The first prize is too much money. I don’t mind the first prize being $1[M], but I recommended that maybe $500,000 would count on the money list, and give the player a $500,000 bonus.” Ferguson noted Sorenstam “has incentives built into her endorsement contracts” that reward her for topping the money list. LPGA VP/Tournament Business Affairs Rob Neal said that officials “would be talking during the offseason about whether to apply only part of the $1[M] toward the money list” (AP, 11/22). More Sorenstam: “The money list means a lot. The fans look at the money list, and that’s kind of our (world) ranking” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/23).

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