The LPGA was to announce this week at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship the inception of a points system whereby players will have to qualify for the ADT Championship instead of using the top 30 money leaders. Players will accumulate points throughout the season, and the system is to begin in 2006.
Many details have not been finalized, but the basics were shared with players at a meeting last week at the ShopRite Classic. The ADT Championship will be renamed the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT.
Each season will be broken in half and the top 15 in points from each half would qualify for the championship. The points system has not been determined but the majors and other top events – Michelob Ultra, Evian Masters, etc. – will be worth more points. Winners of certain events will gain automatic entry and there will be two wild-card selections.
Once the field is finalized, the 32 players will meet at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla., where parts of the field will be eliminated each day until the finalists meet to play for a first-place check nearing $600,000. The event will be stroke play.
“Golf doesn’t have a true playoff that finishes the year,” LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw said. “This will create a truer end to the year, and there will be a greater emphasis on the winner.”
The tour also was expected to announce that it will use “These Girls Rock” as a new slogan. New promotions (shown, left) and television commercials using the motto are in the works.
– Jay A. Coffin