As the LPGA Tour basks in the glow of an immensely successful inaugural International Crown in suburban Baltimore, players get a week’s rest before a quartet of successive tournaments fill the month of August.
The Tour will traverse North America in August, swinging from Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft in Grand Rapids, Mich., to the fourth major of the season at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y., then on to London, Ontario, Canada, for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open before finishing the month in Portland, Ore., for the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions.
August will provide a great chance for players to move up in the ranks thanks to the four 72-hole events and $7.3 million in prize money ready for the taking. The four events are diverse representatives of how strong the Tour has become yet again.
The $1.5 million Meijer LPGA Classic will take the LPGA back to Michigan for the first time since 2000 and is one of three new domestic events for the Tour in 2014 alone. Blythefield Country Club will be a fine test for the players, and there’s little doubt Michigan golf fans will be flocking to the course to watch their favorites tee it up.
That inaugural event is followed by one of the Tour’s oldest and most prestigious events, the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Not only is the $2.25 million tournament one of the Tour’s five majors, but is one with a storied history that dates back to 1963.
Inbee Park is the defending champion, but no player has won back-to-back LPGA Championships since Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam won three straight from 2003-05. Monroe Golf Club is the new locale this year, so players will have to get to know the course quickly before Round 1 begins.
Another $2.25 million event follows in the form of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at London Hunt and Country Club. Lydia Ko has won the last two years and will be the player to beat north of the border.
Suzann Pettersen has won two of the last three Portland Classics at Columbia Edgewater Country Club and will be looking to become the event’s first back-to-back winner since Sorenstam from 2002-03. This tournament has deep roots that go back to 1972 and a loyal and knowledgeable fan base that will help give the event a great atmosphere.
August will be a huge month for the Tour, as only 10 events remain on the schedule after Sept. 1. Then, it will be “crunch time” for everyone with hopes of year-end awards, having a big 2014 or even keeping their status on the LPGA for the future.
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