30 KLPGA players to join LPGA event

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30 KLPGA players to join LPGA event

A new LPGA Tour event to take place in Korea this fall will feature 30 players from the home tour, officials announced Wednesday.

The LPGA said the inaugural BMW Ladies Championship, scheduled for Oct. 24-27 in Busan, will have a field of 84 players. It’ll be made up of the top 50 players on the LPGA money list, 30 from the KLPGA Tour and four players competing on a sponsor’s exemption.

The 72-hole stroke play tournament will have a total purse of $2 million, with $300,000 going to the champion.

It will be played at LPGA International Busan, the first LPGA-accredited golf facility outside the United States. The course used to be called the Asiad Country Club, and renowned golf course architect Rees Jones and his company began major renovations in March.

The BMW Ladies Championship will replace the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship as the lone LPGA tournament on Korean soil.

Koreans have dominated the LPGA Tour this year, with seven players having combined for 11 victories, including three majors. There are four Korean players inside the top 10 in the world rankings, led by No. 1 Ko Jin-young.

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