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2008 LPGA Tour schedule

It came out this morning. The highlights

*- The tour will lead off with the Women’s World Cup of Golf in South Africa.

*- A new tour stop, the HSBC Women’s Championship, will come immediately after the February Hawaii swing.

*- The Cornoa Championship, in Morelia Michoacan Mexico, will go head to head with the Masters.

*- A new South Florida LPGA event in April 08. No details yet, but an announcement will come sometime after Thanksgiving.

*- ShopRite will be returning as a sponsor of an LPGA event. The Sybase Classic presented by ShopRite will be played in May of next year.

*- The Samsung and Longs Drugs have flip flopped on the schedule. Samsung coming first.

*- A new event in Hawaii before the tour does its fall Asia swing. The Kapalua LPGA Classic. Kapalua will be the final full field event for 2008.

*- A new Mexico event. the Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex and Corona will come the week before the ADT.

Some changes from last year.

*- The Mexico City and Tournament of Champions events aren’t on the schedule at this time. Mexico City will hopefully fill an empty week in March. Both events at this moment are uncertain.

*- No Matchplay in 2008.

*- No Thailand event next year. This is just a temporary thing. Starting in 2009, the LPGA will swing through Thailand and Singapore early in the tour’s schedule.

The Kraft Nabisco is again the weekend before the Masters. While this is an improvement on when the tournment was held the week of The Players Championship, the golf media seems to be more focused on the coming happenings in Georgia than the LPGA’s first major of the year.

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