LPGA announces 24-event schedule


HOUSTON (AP)—The LPGA Tour has announced a 2010 schedule that has 24tournaments—13 of them in the United States—to give the tour its smallestschedule in nearly 40 years.

The LPGA Championship, the oldest among the four majors, will be merged withan existing tournament outside Rochester, N.Y., with grocery chain Wegmansserving as a presenting sponsor.

Prize money from three tournaments has not been announced.

The LPGA Tour ends its season this week with its 27th tournament, afterstarting 2009 with a 31-event schedule. This is the fewest number of tournamentssince there were 21 events in 1971.

The 2010 season starts in Thailand on Feb. 18, with the first tournament inthe United States not only March 25.