Jul
12
2011
LPGA to Major in French
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Carry on, Evian

For quite some time, there’s been chatter about a “fifth major” on the PGA Tour. Well, the LPGA is actually adding one starting in 2013, according to a Golfweek report:

For years, Evian has pushed to become a major. According to sources, tournament officials agreed to numerous changes proposed by LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, notably a lengthening of scenic Evian Masters Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains from its current 6,344 yards. On this year’s schedule, the Evian precedes the Women’s British, so the French stop likely would move to the fall.

A formal announcement is expected to be made during the July 21-24 Evian event.

Opinions at the recent U.S. Women’s Open were mixed.

“More chances to win,” said Jiyai Shin, whose eight LPGA victories include the 2008 Ricoh Women’s British Open. “That’s a good thing.”

Not necessarily so, according to a winner of multiple major titles who requested anonymity.

“As a traditionalist, I originally probably would be opposed to something like that,” said the veteran player. “But certain situations and a commitment from a certain sponsor over a long period of time has raised the purse that we play for at the U.S. Open. That commitment, we don’t have from any of our other sponsors.”

Apparently there’s also been talk of adding more majors in Asia. I’m a bit of a traditionalist myself, and at the end of the day, I think it will take quite some years until the Evian Masters is really considered a major in the eyes of the players.