Frank QA

By Frank ThomasJuly 23, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: This is the latest in a weekly Q&A feature from GOLF CHANNEL's Chief Technical Advisor Frank Thomas. To submit a question for possible use in this column, email letsbefrank@franklygolf.com
 

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Greg's Shape or his Equipment?
 
Hello Frank,
 
The best email I receive all week is the one telling me your Q&A has
been updated! Thanks for sharing your insights with those of us who
love this game.
 
I'm 50 years old, so I grew up playing before the recent equipment
revolution. I've played the same home course for the last 30 years
and, thanks to today's technology, I still manage to break 80 and hit
approach shots from about the same places, even though this body has
grown tighter and creakier.
 
I still have the clubs I used back then - Wilson Staff laminated woods
and forged blades and original Bullseye putter. The other day, I was
cleaning out a closet and found some unopened balls from years ago -
Dunlop Blue Maxes, Wilson K-28's and early Titleist DT's. That got me
thinking about taking the old stuff out and playing a round with it
just for the fun of it (although I'm not sure how much fun it would
be!).
 
My question is this: how will the clubs and balls hold up? They've
been kept inside all these years. I figure the balls will be pretty
dead, so is there a ball manufactured today that performs anywhere
close to a ball from the late 70's?
 
Thanks again,
 
--Joey

 
Joey,
Thanks for your kind comments.
 
First let me remind you that 50 is only getting ripe- you are not over the hill yet, so don't get down on yourself. Take heart from Greg who at 53 is able to compete with the 'limber-backs' and nearly won The Open. He too is using modern technology but has also been able to keep himself very fit. This is one of the real secrets to keeping your game in good shape.
 
There is no doubt that over the last 30 years technology has helped increase distance off the driver and improve accuracy for those of us who don't hit the sweet spot every time. This you will find out when you test the old clubs i.e. your laminated woods, forged blades and Bulls Eye putter.
 
These old clubs -- used by Greg in his younger days --will hold up (i.e. not fall apart) when you try them but you can expect that there will be a significant difference in the distance of your drives compared to your modern equipment. One of the major reasons is that wooden clubs were not capable of launching the ball -- especially the old wound soft covered K-28 -- anywhere close to the optimum launch conditions we are now able to achieve.
 
The K-28 balls will be about ten yards shorter than when they were new and this is going to be about 20 to 25 yards shorter than your new premium multilayered ball especially off the wooden driver. This is due mainly to aerodynamic differences, higher spin rates as well as about a 4 feet per second slower ball speed than the modern ball.
 
With the new driver launching the new ball at a more efficient angle and spin rate you can expect -- assuming you hit the sweet spot -- to get about 25 to 30 yards more when compared to the old club and balls.
 
No, I don't think there is a ball on the market that performs the same or anywhere close to the K-28.
 
Use one of those you found in the attic for our experiment, and put the others in a safe place for your great grandchildren to find and wonder who would ever have used a ball like that, never mind the piece of wood on the end of a steel shaft.
 
Have fun and enjoy the experiment.
Frank
 
Time for a Club Service
 
Hello Frank,
 
I am playing an iron set that is approximately 7 years old, and over that time I have averaged a round of golf or a practice session every week. I was wondering if there is a difference in the flex of the shaft over that time and to what degree? As well what about the effect of the grooves edges being worn, and how often should they be sharpened? Or is it time for a new set?
 
Thanks for your help,
--RJ

 
RJ,
You must be playing at least 25 rounds a year and with your practice sessions your clubs are getting in an average number of miles but may be in need of a little service. You have probably changed the grips several time in the last seven years, if not it is strongly suggested that you do this as slick grips force you squeeze down on the grip just to hold onto the club. A death grip on the club will certainly cause a lot of tension in the arms and this is not good for your performance.
 
As far as the shafts are concerned you dont have to worry about a flex change as most shafts will last for many more than seven years unless there are visible signs of rust on your steel shafts, which is a good sign that something may be wrong. Graphite shafts will need replacing only if they are badly worn through the outside fibers by chafing against the collar of the bag. Otherwise, dont worry about the shafts.
 
The grooves on your wedges are similar to the treads on the tires of your car - when they become worn they may need to be reconditioned. This can be done by a professional club maker or sent to Golf Works (contact www.golfworks.com). If the clubs are forged then they may need to be re-chromed. Re-grooving of your short irons is important if you are losing control around the greens. It is not as important for the long irons and not at all important on your Sand Wedge as long as you only use it out of the bunkers.
 
Having said all the above I do suggest that ' unless you have really made good friends with existing set ' it may be time to look for a new set of irons. The technology has not changed much in irons but they are generally better today than they were seven years ago. A new set of last year's model may ease the financial pain, be every bit as good as a 2008 model and perform just as well. They will have new grips, new grooves, and the built in confidence that comes with every new set. Buying last years model will also make a little more money available for gas so you can get to the course more often.
 
I hope this helps and gives you something to think about anyway.
Frank
 
Lowering Ball Flight
 
Frank
I enjoy your Q&A sessions each week and also enjoyed reading your book.
I will also say that I think the USGA must be listening a little because the set-up at this years Open appeared to be playable and hopefully encouraged some of the TV viewers to take a game that looked like fun. Oakmont last year would have turned off or discouraged any sane person for taking up the game.
 
I have a 460cc driver with a composite head, 10.5 degrees with regular shaft. The ball flight on well hit shots is very high at normal swing speed of 90-95mph.
 
My objective is to lower the height of the ball flight. I like the club head and the performance, except for the height of the shots. Can I significantly change the ball flight by changing the shaft and what parameters should I look for in a new shaft that will lower the flight characteristics. I am 67 years old and carry the ball between 225-235 yards with the current ball flight.
 
Thanks
--Charlie

 
Charlie,
Thanks for the kind comments about my book Just Hit It and how much you enjoy the weekly Q&As. Please make sure you sign up as a Frankly Friend to stay in the equipment information loop. With regard to the USGA listening, I believe that this demonstrates that common sense will eventually prevail.
 
Now to your question; if you now drive the ball approximately 230 yards you should be reasonably happy. This is about 35 yards longer than the average male golfer who thinks he drives the ball about 30 to 40 yards farther than he actually does. This perception is, we believe, based on his best drive ever, and he treats this extraordinary performance as commonplace.
 
We have all done it. Our best five iron may have traveled 175 yards so every time we are presented with a 175 yard shot, the first club we reach for is the five iron and inevitably find ourselves about 25 yards short. This same exaggerated perception of our Average shots -- and often pressure from our playing partners -- often gets in the way of us enjoying the game and having fun, the way it was meant to be enjoyed. We -- in many cases -- play from the wrong set of tees, it takes too long and we arrive at the 18th pleased it is over rather than wanting to play another nine.
 
Sorry to go on about this but you did open the door, just wide enough for me to jump on my soap box.
 
If you like the club and the shaft you are now playing and it feels good to you then I would not try to change the shaft to lower the ball flight. A stiffer shaft will lower the flight a degree or so but you may lose some of the feel and find you are fighting the club to get reasonable results. You do have a good head speed and you may want to try a degree lower loft angle. ( Just FYI many Tour drivers are now in the 9 to 9.5 degree loft range with a stiff or x-stiff shaft but they have head speeds of 110 to 115 mph.)
 
I dont know what ball you are using but trying a low-trajectory/low spinning-ball, might help ' see name brand websites for your options ' and try to tee the ball a little lower. If you impact the ball lower on the face the trajectory will come down a degree or so but unfortunately the spin will go up which will tend to give the ball more lift. I do not like to give advice on how to swing but moving the ball back in your stance might also be worthwhile trying to lower trajectory.
 
These experiments will cost very little compared to changing a shaft or buying a lower lofted headed driver. The advantage in conducting some simple experiments is that you are not changing your familiar club and are comfortable using a club in which you have developed some degree of confidence. Confidence is worth a lot more than a couple of extra yards.
 
Charlie, have fun and if you are not a Frankly Friend sign up by clicking here to join our journey.
 
Frank
 
Frank Thomas, inventor of the graphite shaft, is founder of Frankly Golf, a company dedicated to Helping Golfers. Frank is Chief Technical Advisor to The Golf Channel and Golf Digest. He served as Technical Director of the USGA for 26 years and directed the development of the GHIN System and introduced the Stimpmeter to the world of golf. To email a question for possible use in an upcoming Let's Be Frank column, please email letsbefrank@franklygolf.com
 
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NBC Sports' Coverage of LPGA Tour in 2017 Most-Viewed Season Ever for NBC Sports

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 13, 2017, 8:45 pm

NBC Sports’ LPGA Tour Coverage Ties 2013 for Most-Watched Year Since 2011

NBC and Golf Channel Boast Top-6 Most-Watched Women’s Golf Telecasts in 2017

Beginning with the dramatic playoff finish at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in January and concluding with Lexi Thompson winning the $1 million Race to the CME Globe, nearly 22 million viewers tuned in to LPGA Tour coverage across Golf Channel and NBC in 2017. This makes 2017 the most-viewed LPGA Tour season across NBC Sports since Golf Channel joined the NBC Sports Group in 2011. Additionally, 2017 tied 2013 as the LPGA Tour’s most-watched year across NBC Sports since 2011. Coverage drew an average of 221,000 viewers per telecast in 2017 (+24% vs. 2016), according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

NBC SPORTS GROUP CLAIMS TOP-6 MOST-WATCHED WOMEN’S GOLF TELECASTS IN ‘17

For the first time ever in televised women’s golf, Sunday’s final round of the RICOH Women’s British Open (Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, 1.1 million viewers) delivered the most-watched and highest-rated women’s golf telecast of the year. NBC’s Saturday (Day 2) coverage of the Solheim Cup in August placed second with 968,000 viewers, followed by Sunday’s Solheim Cup coverage on NBC with 946,000 viewers. Golf Channel’s live coverage of Sunday’s final day of the Solheim Cup drew 795,000 viewers, the most-watched women’s golf event on cable in eight years.

Rank

Network

Event

Day

Avg. Viewers P2+

1

NBC

RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

Sunday

1,100,526

2

NBC

SOLHEIM CUP

Saturday

968,202

3

NBC

SOLHEIM CUP

Sunday

946,387

4

NBC

KPMG WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday

839,983

5

NBC

RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

Saturday

808,578

6

GOLF

SOLHEIM CUP

Sunday

795,000

ADDITIONAL VIEWERSHIP MILESTONES FOR WOMEN’S GOLF IN 2017

  • ANA Inspiration - The LPGA’s first major championship delivered thefifth most-watched LPGA final round in Golf Channel history with 551,000 viewers when So Yeon Ryu defeated Lexi Thompson in a playoff following Thompson being assessed a four-stroke penalty earlier in the final round.
  • KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – The LPGA’s second major was seen by 6.6 million viewers across Golf Channel and NBC, the largest audience for the event on record (2006-17). Sunday’s final round on NBC, which saw Danielle Kang win her first LPGA Tour event over defending champion Brooke Henderson, also was the most-watched telecast in the event’s history with 840,000 average viewers.
  • RICOH Women’s British Open – NBC’s Sunday coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open delivered the most-watched and highest-rated women’s golf telecast in 2017 (.78 U.S. HH rating, 1.1 million viewers). In total, 7 million unique viewers tuned in to coverage across Golf Channel and NBC, the most-watched RICOH Women’s British Open in the past 10 years and the most-watched among the five women’s major championships in 2017.
  • Solheim Cup – Seen by a total audience of 7.3 million viewers across Golf Channel and NBC, the Solheim Cup posted the largest total audience for women’s golf since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on ESPN/NBC. Golf Channel’s live coverage of the final day drew 795,000 average viewers, becoming the most-watched women’s golf telecast on cable in the last eight years, since the final day of the 2009 Solheim Cup.

GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL POSTS RECORD STREAMING CONSUMPTION

Golf Channel Digital posted record numbers of LPGA streaming consumption with 11.9 million live minutes streamed across LPGA Tour telecasts in 2017 (+563% vs. 2016).

  • Solheim Cup – Three-day coverage of the Solheim Cup saw 6.3 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports’ Digital platforms, trailing only the 2016 Rio Olympics (9 million) as the most-ever for a women’s golf event airing on Golf Channel / NBC.
  • RICOH Women’s British Open – Four-day coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open saw 2 million minutes streamed, +773% vs. 2016.

NBC Sports Group combined to air 31 LPGA Tour events in 2017 and a total of 420 hours of coverage, the most in LPGA history. The exclusive cable home to the LPGA Tour, Golf Channel aired coverage of four of five women’s major championships in 2017, with three majors also airing on NBC: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, RICOH Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship. The biennial Solheim Cup also returned to network television for the first time in 15 years with weekend coverage on NBC.

Source: Nielsen 2017 Live+Same Day DVR vs. prior available data. Persons 2+ avg 000’s and/or Persons 2+ reach w/six-minute qualifier. Digital Metrics from Adobe Reports & Analytics. Details available.

Hensby takes full responsibility for violation

By Rex HoggardDecember 13, 2017, 5:28 pm

The PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Program manual covers 48 pages of details, from the pressing to the mundane, but for Mark Hensby the key section of the policy could be found on Page 5.

“The collector may allow you to delay reporting to the testing area for unavoidable obligations; however, you will be monitored from the time of notification until completion of the sample collection process,” the policy reads. “A failure to report to the testing area by the required time is the same as a doping violation under the program.”

Hensby, a 46-year-old former Tour winner from Australia, didn’t read that section, or any other part of the manual. In fact, he said he hasn’t received the circuit’s anti-doping manual in years. Not that he uses that as an excuse.

To be clear, Hensby doesn’t blame his anti-doping plight on anyone else.

“At the end of the day it’s my responsibility. I take full responsibility,” he told GolfChannel.com.

Like Doug Barron, Scott Stallings and even Vijay Singh before him, Hensby ran afoul of the Tour’s anti-doping policy because, essentially, of a clerical error. There were no failed tests, no in-depth investigations, no seedy entourages who sent Hensby down a dark road of performance-enhancing drug use.

Just a simple misunderstanding combined with bad timing.

Hensby, who last played a full season on Tour in 2003, had just completed the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship when he was approached by a member of the Tour’s anti-doping testing staff. He was angry about his play and had just used the restroom on the 17th hole and, he admits, was in no mood to wait around to take the urine test.

“Once I said, ‘Can I take it in the morning,’ [the Tour’s anti-doping official] said, ‘We can’t hold you here,’” Hensby recalled. “I just left.”

Not one but two officials called Hensby that night to ask why he’d declined to take the test, and he said he was even advised to return to the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) to take the test, which is curious because the policy doesn’t allow for such gaps between notification of a test and the actual testing.

According to the policy, a player is considered in violation of the program if he leaves the presence of the doping control officers without providing the required sample.

A Tour official declined to comment on the matter citing the circuit’s policy not to comment on doping violations beyond the initial disclosure.

A week later, Hensby was informed he was in violation of the Tour’s policy and although he submitted a letter to the commissioner explaining the reasons for his failure to take the test he was told he would be suspended from playing in any Tour-sanctioned events (including events on the Web.com Tour) for a year.

“I understand now what the consequences are, but you know I’ve been banned for a performance-enhancing drug violation, and I don’t take performance-enhancing drugs,” Hensby said.

Hensby isn’t challenging his suspension nor did he have any interest in criticizing the Tour’s policy, instead his message two days after the circuit announced the suspension was focused on his fellow Tour members.

“I think the players need to read that manual really, really well. There are things I wasn’t aware of and I think other players weren’t aware of either,” he said. “You have to read the manual.”

It was a similar message Stallings offered following his 90-day suspension in 2015 after he turned himself in for using DHEA, an anabolic agent that is the precursor to testosterone production and banned by the Tour.

“This whole thing was a unique situation that could have been dealt with differently, but I made a mistake and I owned up to it,” Stallings said at the time.

Barron’s 2009 suspension, which was for a year, also could have been avoided after he tested positive for supplemental testosterone and a beta-blocker, both of which were prescribed by a doctor for what were by many accounts legitimate health issues.

And Singh’s case, well that chapter is still pending in the New York Supreme Court, but the essential element of the Fijian’s violation was based on his admitted use of deer-antler spray, which contained a compound called IGF-1. Although IGF-1 is a banned substance, the World Anti-Doping Agency has ruled that the use of deer-antler spray is not a violation if an athlete doesn’t fail a drug test. Singh never failed a test.

The Tour’s anti-doping history is littered with cases that could have been avoided, cases that should have been avoided. Despite the circuit’s best educational efforts, it’s been these relatively innocent violations that have defined the program.

In retrospect, Hensby knows he should have taken the test. He said he had nothing to hide, but anger got the best of him.

“To be honest, it would have been hard, the way I was feeling that day, I know I’m a hothead at times, but I would have probably stayed [had he known the consequences],” he admitted. “You’ve got to understand that if you have too much water you can’t get a test either and then you have to stay even longer.”

Hensby said before his run in with the anti-doping small print he wasn’t sure what his professional future would be, but his suspension has given him perspective and a unique motivation.

“I was talking to my wife last night, I have a little boy, it’s been a long month,” said Hensby after dropping his son, Caden, off at school. “I think I have a little more drive now and when I come back. I wasn’t going to play anymore, but when I do come back I am going to be motivated.”

He’s also going to be informed when it comes to the Tour’s anti-doping policy, and he hopes his follow professionals take a similar interest.

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Lesson with Woods fetches $210K for Harvey relief

By Will GrayDecember 13, 2017, 2:51 pm

A charity event featuring more than two dozen pro golfers raised more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks in large part to a hefty price paid for a private lesson with Tiger Woods.

The pro-am fundraiser was organized by Chris Stroud, winner of the Barracuda Championship this summer, and fellow pro and Houston resident Bobby Gates. It was held at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour outside Houston and the first Woods-designed course to open in the U.S.

The big-ticket item on the auction block was a private, two-person lesson with Woods at Bluejack National that sold for a whopping $210,000.

Other participants included local residents like Stacy Lewis, Patrick Reed and Steve Elkington as well as local celebrities like NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

Stroud was vocal in his efforts to help Houston rebuild in the immediate aftermath of the storm that ravaged the city in August, and he told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to continue fundraising efforts even after eclipsing the event's $1 million goal.

"This is the best event I have ever been a part of, and this is just a start," Stroud said. "We have a long way to go for recovery to this city, and we want to keep going with this and raise as much as we can and help as many victims as we can."

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LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse

By Randall MellDecember 13, 2017, 2:02 pm

The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.

While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.

The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).

The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.

An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.

The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.

The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.

Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:

Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million

Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million

Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million

March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million

March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million

March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million

March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million

April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million

April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million

April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million

May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million

May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million

May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million

May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million

June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million

June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million

June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million

June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million

July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million

July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million

July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million

Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million

Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million

Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million

Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million

Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million

Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million

Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million

Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million

Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million

Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million