SBD/Issue 167/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Shrinking LPGA Tournament Schedule Cuts Paydays For Golfers

LPGA Dealing With Several
Tournaments Cut From Schedule
The number of potential paydays for some LPGA players has been "slashed because of a shrinking tournament schedule and a slightly higher percentage of events restricted to fewer players," according to the N.Y. TIMES' Karen Crouse, who wrote under the header, "Women's Golf Today: Nice Work If You Can Get It." LPGA players are "like furloughed workers, taking weeks off without pay," leaving them "scrambling for work." Crouse: "What can the tour do when it has more talent and fewer tournaments?" But golfer Lorena Ochoa said, "I think it's not good to panic. We're playing for less money, but it's not about the money. I think we are in a time that we need to support the tour" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/16).

ROCKY ROAD: Castle Pines Golf Club Founder Jack Vickers, who founded the now-defunct PGA Tour The International event, said that he "would like to bring a high-profile golf event back to Castle Pines, but the economy has put any serious discussions on hold." Vickers: "We've talked about a Walker Cup. We've talked about the Presidents Cup. There have been a lot of different ideas. There's no target date, nothing in the mill." Vickers "did not rule out the possibility of returning an annual Tour event to Castle Pines" despite his "differences with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem." But Vickers "hinted it would have to be a tournament with enough stature to attract Tiger Woods on a regular basis" (DENVER POST, 5/15).

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