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Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 5:26:00 PM
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by s. ramaguru
Sime Darby Foundation Tan Sri Datuk Dr M. Jegathesan speaks during a Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia press conference at the KLGCC on Oct 8, 2013. With him are LPGA Malaysia defending champion Park In-bee and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan.
KUALA LUMPUR: A new tournament for women golfers will be launched next year, pitting the top eight countries against one another.
The first edition of the International Crown will be held in Baltimore, United States.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said that they did not want to have an Asia versus the rest of the World concept or that of the Presidents Cup in the men’s game.
“What I prefer is that the golfers represent their countries and play against other countries ... rather than as individuals,” he said.
“So, we decided on a format that will allow for this and will launch it in June next year.
“We will take the rankings of the top four golfers of a particular country and rate the countries according to the total points garnered. Then, the top eight countries will be invited to play in the International Crown meet.
“There is no chance of fixing or manipulating the rankings as they will be based on the LPGA rankings. It is very straightforward and you get to play for the glory of your country.
“We have already fixed the venues for the first two editions. The first will be in Baltimore and the 2015 edition will be in Chicago.
“We’ve also picked the month of June as it will be in the middle of the LPGA Tour and will allow for the golfers to be at their peak playing form.
“At this time, most of the golfers will be in the US and it’ll be convenient for them to take part in the meet.”
Whan also said that there was no plan to increase the number of tournaments in the Asian Swing for now.
“The schedule is very tight and we feel that five tournaments in Asian is enough for the moment. But, for the long term, there is no reason why we cannot think of another venue,” he said.
The LPGA events held in Asia are in Beijing, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
In a bid to maintain the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia as a top-notch meet, the organisers have increased the prize money from US$1.9mil (RM6mil) to US$2mil (RM$6.4mil) – making it the richest tournament in Asia.
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