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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Back in the LPGA USA Swing

The LPGA makes its first USA start this week, which means -- among other things -- same day TV coverage here in the States. I've included some photos of the Wildfire Golf Course where the event will be played. Beautiful, isn't it?

Wildfire Golf Course, photo 1

I often link you, my readers, to previews done on other sites... and this week, I have a new site to link you to as well. The good folks over at Mostly Harmless are still covering women's golf, of course, but Tony Jesselli (who often did their tournament previews) has started his own women's golf blog. It's simply called Tony's LPGA Report, and you may have already seen the link to it in my first blog list over there in the sidebar. Among other things, he's got links to English leaderboards for most of the women's tours around the world. It's definitely worth checking out.

Here's the link to his preview of the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup, to get you started.

Many of you will remember that this event was one of Commissioner Michael Whan's experiments when he first came on board and the LPGA was struggling. It honors the original founders of the LPGA and it got a lot of publicity for having a "ghost purse," where all of the money went to charity and the players got no cash. (However, the amount they would have earned was included in their official money totals.) Many thought the tournament wouldn't last, but by the time of its second playing in 2012 a normal purse was in place.

Wildfire Golf Course, photo 2

The Founders Cup is now considered one of Whan's great success stories. It brought the LPGA back to the Phoenix AZ area, which had been trying to get them to return for quite a while. It added a high-profile event to a US schedule that had been gutted by economic problems. The home course, Wildfire Golf Course, was designed by Arnold Palmer. And the first two winners were Karrie Webb (2011) and Yani Tseng (2012) -- hardly unfamiliar names to LPGA fans.

The main site for the tournament is at this link and the LPGA's tournament site is at this one, so you can get all the updated news about the event at those two pages. And, of course, the live scoreboard is here.

Wildfire Golf Course, photo 3

GC begins coverage tomorrow at 6:30 pm ET.

The photos came from the Wildfire Golf Course's page at marriott.com.

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