LPGA Tour plays for free in US opener

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on March 18, 2011 at 7:09 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The LPGA Tour found a way to return to the Valley of the Sun and add another U.S. event. The catch, the players aren't getting paid.

The LPGA Founders Cup, set to open Friday at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa's Wildfire Golf Club, will donate $1 million to charity -- half to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and half to the top-10 finishers' designated charities. The $1 million will count on the money list.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the winner of the season-opening LPGA Thailand and three other worldwide events this year, is in the field along with No. 2 Jiyai Shin, No. 5 Cristie Kerr and No. 10 Karrie Webb, coming off a victory Feb. 27 in Singapore.
 

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