First Legends Tour major kicks off Saturday

Just when you thought it was safe to start recapping the season’s major golf championships, the stop sign appears. You’ve got to hold on, because the majors aren’t over.

The final one tees off Saturday upon the terrific Island Course at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. It may have arrived well beneath the radar, given that it’s a first-time event and all, but the Legends Tour Open surely has attracted the best qualified players.

Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan, Rosie Jones, Amy Alcott, Betsy King, Nancy Scranton, Jan Stephenson, Hollis Stacy, JoAnne Carner, Jane Geddes, Sandra Haynie . . . that’s just a sampling of the names who represent the glory days of the LPGA Tour, and they’ll be among 44 players competing over 36 holes for a $300,000 purse.

It will be the fifth of six tournaments planned for the Legends Tour this season, but the first one ever designated a “major.”

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