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2014 LPGA season to start in January in Bahamas

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The LPGA announced Wednesday that it will open the 2014 season with the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Jan. 23-26.

It will mark the first time in 13 years the LPGA gets its season started in January. The first of the LPGA's two Asian swings will once again begin in February.

The Pure Silk-Bahamas event is a 72-hole, full-field tournament that will return to the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis on Paradise Island. The inaugural event in late May of this year was challenged by torrential rains that nearly wiped out play. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes, played as three 12-hole rounds.

“Playing in (t)he Bahamas in an East Coast time zone will be a great way for our fans to watch our season-opening event live on Golf Channel,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement.

The LPGA is also near announcing a pair of new domestic events, according to Golfweek. The magazine reported that plans for new events are being finalized just outside Grand Rapids, Mich., and on the island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts. The Grand Rapids area event is expected to be sponsored by Meijer, Inc., a hypermarket chain of stores, and played at Blythefield Country Club in August. The Nantucket event is slated to be played at Miacomet Golf Club, possibly in September.