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LPGA Names “The Evian” As Major Championship in 2013
The LPGA announced in July that Evian and the LPGA had signed a long-term commitment to add a fifth major to the LPGA Tour schedule, beginning in September 2013. The tournament, to be renamed “The Evian,” will be played on a completely redesigned Evian Golf Club.
The Evian is set to be played during the second week of September 2013, and will be the final major of the season following the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open (conducted by the USGA) and the RICOH Women’s British Open.
Evian has agreed to a long-term commitment to host the event, which includes a complete redesign of Evian Golf Club by a team of architects led by U.S.-based designer Steve Smyers, who has more than 50 projects spanning the globe, and European Golf Design (EGD), which has built some of the best new courses in Europe. The redesign will be complete by spring 2013.
The current Evian Masters became a part of the LPGA Tour’s schedule in 2000, with a purse of $1.8 million. Its purse of $3.25 million was the highest on the 2011 LPGA Tour, matched only by the U.S. Women’s Open. The Evian Masters became a co-sanctioned event on the LPGA Tour in 2000, following six years as a major championship on the Ladies European Tour (LET).
The tournament’s list of past champions includes LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame members Annika Sorenstam, Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb; Laura Davies, Jiyai Shin and Ai Miyazato. The event has also traditionally awarded invitations to players from emerging golf markets, such as China, India, Russia and Slovakia.
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