Around The Links: The LPGA Adds A Playoff Race and Bonus

Aug 15, 2013; Parker, CO, USA; Lexi Thompson of the U.S. team signs autographs following a practice round at the 2013 Solheim Cup at Colorado Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Hey..it works for the PGA and the European Tours so why not the LPGA? The PGA Tour understood a few years back that in order for Golf to be meaningful in the fall, they needed to add drama, and a playoff system to the end of the year. Thus, the FedEx Cup point system was added in 2007 and it has taken Professional Golf to a new level. The European Tour followed close behind with the Race To Dubai. Now, the LPGA wants to get in the action.

LPGA: Season-long race for 2014; $1M bonus

The LPGA’s new Race to the CME Globe was unveiled Wednesday as a season-long competition for the biggest winner’s prize in women’s golf.

A $1 million check will await the winner of a new points-based race that will run from start to finish of the 2014 season.

LPGA Tour Goes to Points Race With a Big Payoff

After a very successful 2013 season with the jewel coming at the Solheim Cup, it was time for the LPGA to seize the moment to increase interest in the sport. I know that this was the first season that I committed to follow, and write about Ladies Golf, and was surprised at how exciting it was. I can’t wait for the 2014 season to get started.

“It should make for an exciting 2014,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said. “It’s the bow on the present we really wanted to get done.”

Golf writers honor Graeme McDowell for accessibility, Ken Duke for perseverance

I have long been a Graeme McDowell fan on the PGA Tour, and after his nice showing at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, I became a Ken Duke fan as well.

He was diagnosed with scoliosis in the seventh grade and had a 16-inch rod attached to his spine. Duke toiled for 10 years in the minor leagues before he made it to the PGA Tour, and then 10 years later won for the first time at the Travelers Championship. Duke said he was “overwhelmed,” especially to win an award linked to Hogan.

“A class act, probably the best to ever play the game,” he said. “He put the time into learning to play the game.”

 

1952 golf tournament at night

This was a great article from Scott Harrison at the L.A. Times that looks at some history from this great game.

Lloyd Mangrum, golf’s leading money winner of 1951, shot the only sub par round of the night, a 71. In so doing he nicked Sponsor Walker for a $1000 cash award. Walker had promised to pay the tournament winner a grand for each stroke finished under par.

Mangrum shot 36-35 on the par 37-35 course….

 

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