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LPGA postpones China event

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More bad news arrived Monday on the LPGA title sponsorship front.

The IMG-managed LPGA event scheduled for China in mid-October will not be played this year, the LPGA and IMG announced in a joint statement. The event was originally placed on the schedule with IMG and the tour searching for a title sponsor yet to be identified.

“We are now focusing our efforts on ensuring the event’s return to China in 2010 and 2011,” according to the statement. “We look forward to the second half of the 2009 LPGA Tour season, which will include two IMG-managed LPGA Tour events, the Samsung World Championship (Sept. 17-20) and the LPGA Tour Championship (Nov. 19-22).”

That reduces this year’s LPGA schedule to 27 tournaments, down from 34 last year and 38 a decade ago.

The LPGA announced last month that it has secured 14 events for next year and is negotiating with 15 other events for renewal next year.