There are 24 tournaments, only 13 will be played on American soil. The Tour kicks off its season on February 18th with a two-week swing in Asia, a stop in Thailand followed by one in Singapore. The earliest event in the US doesn’t take place until March 25 in California.
The ladies will have plenty of time to fine tune their games and pick up other hobbies (crocheting) or perhaps even side jobs (cart girl) in the 17 off-weeks between the first and last tournaments.
This season the Tour had 27 events, 7 less than in 2008. While the schedule looks bleak, there’s still time to toss in a few more with the economy supposedly improving. Another Michelle Wie win wouldn’t hurt either.
And while it sucks that the ladies are playing fewer tournaments and more overseas, they’re tough — it’s not a permanent situation and things should bounce back in the next few years.
In related news, it was also announced that Wegmans will serve as the presenting sponsor for the 2010 LPGA Championship, the second major of the season, which will be played at the site of the Wegmans LPGA event in Pittsford, NY, from June 21-24.
Here’s the schedule [via GolfWeek, missing the Korea tournament TBD]: