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4 new LPGA events in 2017, record purse

Charley Hull, of England, kisses her trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship golf tournament during the award ceremony after the tournament in Naples, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via AP)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour will have four new tournaments next year with an increase of $4.35 million in total prize money.

Commissioner Mike Whan announced the 2017 schedule Wednesday. It features 34 official tournaments, 21 of them in North America and 16 with prize money of $2 million or more. Whan said the U.S. Women's Open would have a $5 million purse, the largest ever in women's golf.

"While we receive credit for being a global tour, we're just as proud that we've added more events in North America since 2011 than we have abroad," Whan said. "It's an exciting time for our organization and we cannot wait to start another great season in January."


Money Leaders: LPGA
Rank Player Earnings
1 A.Jutanugarn $2,550,928
2 L.Ko $2,492,994
3 B.Henderson $1,724,409
4 I.Chun $1,501,102
5 S.Feng $1,458,579
6 S.Kim $1,445,937
7 A.Nordqvist $1,424,685
8 H.Jang $1,383,575
9 B.Lang $1,259,787
10 S.Ryu $1,259,485
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