They're half a world away, but the enthusiasm greeting the start of the LPGA's 63rd season appears as high as any time in recent memory.
The season opener comes Thursday at the Women's Australian Open, one of five new events for 2012 — though "new" might be a relative term. Four of the five, including Australia, are a return to old territory that went without the LPGA for a while.
Also back on the schedule: Hawaii, Toledo and Kingsmill Resort in Virginia.
"We have loyal fan bases in these places that we've been," player Morgan Pressel said. "It's people who have come out to see us and want to come out and see us...