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Creamer, Kerr Feel LPGA Founders Cup Honorable, But Not Executed Correctly

Creamer is having a "difficult time" understanding imaginary purse money
Golfers Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr on Tuesday said that they “want to honor the cause, but they have serious issues with how the inaugural Founders Cup was planned and is being structured,” according to Randall Mell of THEGOLFCHANNEL.com. The Founders Cup was created by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan to “honor the pioneers who founded the tour and to fund the LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf Foundation.” The tournament will feature a $1.3M “mock purse,” as prize money will go to charities instead of the players. RR Donnelley, the title sponsor for the tournament, “isn't putting up the purse, but, instead, is paying tournament operational costs.” Though players will be credited for “official money won, they won't actually pocket any real money.” Creamer: “To have the purse be $1.3 million and the charity not get $1.3 million because it’s imaginary money, I’m having a difficult time with that. I don’t understand how a sponsor or company like RR Donnelley, a $10 billion company, can’t be on board to put up prize money equal to what’s given to the charity.” Kerr: “It’s a great idea but went from concept to an event on the schedule too quickly without enough input from the players. It’s turned what was an opportunity into an obligation." Creamer said that she has “addressed her concerns with Whan and that she is waiting to learn more about how the tournament’s formation is progressing before committing to play” (THEGOLFCHANNEL.com, 1/25).
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