Source: LPGA could have more events in 2012


The soon-to-be-unveiled 2012 LPGA schedule will show an increase of two or three events over the final 2011 docket, according to a source.

The tour will add three tournaments that were missing from last year's schedule. The LPGA is co-sanctioning the ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open (Feb. 9-12), debuting the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Canada, (June 21-24), and returning the Jamie Farr Toledo (Ohio) Classic (Aug. 9-12) after a one-year hiatus.

An Olympic-style team competition has been in the works, but does not appear definitively on the schedule.

Gone from the slate is the State Farm LPGA Classic after the Springfield, Ill., event was unable to produce the required sponsor money to keep the tournament afloat after 36 years.

Two tournaments pulled from the initial ’11 schedule appear unlikely for ’12, as well.  

The Tres Marias Championship in Mexico was canceled because of drug cartel violence in the region, and conditions do not appear to have improved enough to allow the tournament to be played.  

An event in China was scheduled after the Women's British Open, then pushed back to late September because of a government crackdown on illegal golf course development and difficulty in obtaining permission to run the event. The tournament was eventually canceled two weeks before it was scheduled to be played.

Commissioner Mike Whan still hopes to land a deal for a Chinese event, the source said, and is entertaining the possibility of two more domestic events, including a return to Hawaii, where the tour has been absent since 2009.

If those U.S. tournaments do not take shape, the LPGA will have more events outside of the U.S. than in it for the first time.

In March, Paula Creamer expressed her frustration with the geographic makeup of the schedule.

'I don't think it should be the way it is now,” Creamer told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I really like the commissioner and I think he understands, but we are counting on him to get us more domestic events in 2012 and '13.”