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LPGA gets Olympic taste at Brasil Cup

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Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer and Anna Nordqvist headline the field at this week's HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup, an unofficial event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 36-hole event will be played Saturday and Sunday with 30 players competing for a $720,000 purse with a $108,000 first-place check at Itanhanga Golf Club.

LPGA pros who want to play when golf becomes a part of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 are getting a flavor of the host country this week.

“The Olympics are one of the greatest things that sports has,” Creamer said Friday in a news conference. “I love watching people represent their country, and the fact that golf is now a part of that is very special and very motivating. Hopefully in 2016, I’ll be back here.”

Karen Stupples, Christina Kim, Jeong Jang, Brittany Lang, Ryann O’Toole and Julieta Granada also are scheduled to play.

The LPGA returns to official play at the Sybase Match Play Championship May 17-20.