It's major and money time on LPGA


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – There's no better time to get hot in the LPGA season.

This week's Wegmans LPGA Championship is the start of a run of three major championships in the next four events. It is also a run of the four richest purses on tour.

'It's probably almost half the money we play for (all season),' said Stacy Lewis, who won the year's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Lewis was joking, but she made a point. There is no more important stretch on the tour with the Wegmans LPGA Championship ($2.5 million), U.S. Women's Open ($3.25 million), Evian Masters ($3.25 million) and Ricoh Women's British Open ($2.5 million) being played in consecutive events.

'It is pressure to play well,' Lewis said. 'If you are playing well, you can go out there and win a couple of tournaments, a couple of majors.'

And a big batch of money.

There is $11.5 million in prize money up for grabs in the next four events. That is about one-quarter of the total prize money for the entire 2011 LPGA season.