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LPGA announces new two-player team event

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The LPGA will unveil its own two-player team event next year.

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will be played at Midland Country Club July 17-20 in Midland, Mich., the tour announced on Thursday. Seventy-two teams will play for a $2 million purse over 72 holes.

The women will compete in an event similar to the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with teams competing in best-ball and alternate-shot formats.

The Dow Chemical Company agreed to a five-year deal as title sponsor.

It marks the first official two-player team event in LPGA history. Details on how and when the teams will be formed will be announced at a later date.

“Our players and fans have consistently asked about a team event on the LPGA,” tour commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “I know our players will enjoy this event, as much as our fans.”