July 21, 2011
Though the LPGA schedule might remain in rebuilding mode for another year or two, it certainly has no shortage of majors.
The tour announced a fifth major will join the lineup in 2013, when the Evian Masters completes an overhaul that encompasses a new name, date and course.
The tournament, renamed The Evian, will be in mid-September as the season's last major. By then, Evian Golf Club in Bains, France, will have completed a redesign, including amphitheater seating along its final four holes.
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said the move "will no doubt help … take women's professional golf to a completely new level."
The Evian Masters joined the LPGA schedule in 2000 and annually features one of the top purses in women's golf. This year's $3.25 million payout matches the U.S. Women's Open for the highest.
"To be honest, if you just look at the purse, it's like a major," said Ai Miyazato, the 2009 Evian champion.
Though few caddies can claim long-term job security, John Mulrooney can't help but admire his good fortune after helping Darren Clarke to the British Open crown.
At the European Tour's stop in Majorca, Clarke was set to work with Ricci Roberts, Ernie Els' longtime caddie. But Roberts asked for the week off to see his old boss enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Mulrooney became available when boss David Howell withdrew injured. Then he struck a temporary deal to loop for Maarten Lafeber, until the Dutch pro also pulled out. Clarke offered him his bag for the week — and broke a three-year winless skid.
Now they have two wins in seven starts together.
"He's a really good guy," Clarke said. "He's a little bit quiet, but a very, very good caddie."
Bernhard Langer defends his Senior British Open title this week in his first Champions Tour start since thumb surgery in March. The tour's three-time player of the year missed cuts at last week's British Open and at a European Tour stop. … Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has been awarded the 2016 U.S. Amateur in what could be a precursor to getting the 2020 U.S. Open.
— Jeff Shain
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