RICHMOND, Texas – The big news out of the final player meeting of the year is that Wegmans will sponsor the LPGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y., next year, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. The 2010 schedule will have 23 events, six before June. Last year the tour announced 31 events for 2009, though only 27 were played.
The Houstonian looked like a ghost town early Tuesday evening as the entire field gathered to get a sneak peek at the 2010 schedule and meet incoming commissioner Mike Whan.
The LPGA will make a formal announcement regarding 2010 Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at Sugar Land City Hall. (Only the LPGA would decide to announce its schedule away from the golf course.)
It’s strange having a Tour Championship with 125 players. Don’t be surprised if that number goes down for 2010. There are two cuts this week. The field will be cut to low 70 and ties on Friday and then 30 and ties on Saturday.
An interesting side note: The Rolex Player of the Year race has three players still alive. Jiyai Shin, 2009 Rookie of the Year, holds the outright lead. Lorena Ochoa needs a third-place finish to overtake Shin while Cristie Kerr needs to win. Kerr would be the first American to win POY since Beth Daniel in 1994.
- The LPGA schedule lists an additional event in Korea, but officials have yet to release a date, sponsor or location.