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40 Events Comprise 2001 LPGA Tour

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Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - The 2001 LPGA schedule was completed Thursday and it is the strongest in the organization's 50-year history. There are a total of 40 events worth a total of $42 million in prize money. Thirty-seven of the tournaments are official money events and represent more than $39.5 million in prize money.
 
There are four new events on the tour this year, including the Sports Today Open in South Korea in October. This is the first LPGA-sanctioned event in Korea since the Samsung World Championship moved to the United States in 1998.
 
The average purse of tournaments is in excess of $1 million, the highest ever on the tour. The 2001 schedule also features 19 official money events with purses of at least $1 million, up from 12 in 2000.
 
The other three new events on the LPGA schedule are the LPGA.com Classic in January in Orlando, Florida, the Canadian Women's Open in August in Aurora, Ontario, and the Williams Championship in September in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
 
The Women's British Open, which has been on the LPGA's Tour schedule since 1994, was designated as the LPGA's newest major. The other three majors will continue to be the Nabisco Championship, the McDonald's LPGA, and the Women's U.S. Open.
 
12/07 15:43:28 ET