THE PURE SILK BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC, the first of 32 tournaments on the 2014 LPGA Tour schedule, tees off on Thursday in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Last year’s inaugural edition of the tournament was marred by extreme weather that resulted in the oddest winning score I can ever recall.
Ilhee Lee posted 41, 43 and 42 on a rain-damaged golf course and collected the winner’s check of $195,000. This year should be much different.
Th 2014 LPGA schedule includes four additional tournaments (including three new events in North America), more than $56 million in prize money and over 350 hours of TV coverage, all of which pleased LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan last November.
“There’s no doubt that our schedule has a little something for everyone,” Whan said, “but most importantly, it creates more opportunities for our players, more coverage for our fans and more exposure for the world’s best female golfers.”
Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
Purse: $1.3 million
Defending champion: Ilhee Lee
Format: 72 holes
Ocean Club Golf Course
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Thursday, Jan 23 – 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Friday, Jan 24 – 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Saturday, Jan 25 – 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Sunday, Jan 26 – 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET