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Monday, March 09, 2009

LPGA get Torrey Pines for their

Samsung Championship in autumn

Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego in California will host an LPGA event for the first time in 27 years under an agreement to hold the Samsung World Championship on the South Course in September.
The Samsung World Championship, to be played from September 17 to 20, has only a 20-player field that includes the four major champions and top players from the money list.
Paula Creamer won the event last year at Half Moon Bay in San Francisco.
The public golf course along the Pacific cliffs will be nearly 1,000 yards shorter for the Samsung World Championship at just over 6,700 yards.
The LPGA last went to Torrey Pines for the 1983 Inamori Classic.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the South Course became available for the LPGA when two corporations cancelled outings during the week the LPGA wanted its tournament. Another corporate outing to be held on the Monday of tournament week will limit practice by the 20 players in the field, but that's a small price to pay for obtaining the use of such a high profile venue.
Jon Maddern, deputy director of golf operations for the city of San Diego, said the tournament organiser IMG, has agreed to reimburse the city for lost green fees on the South Course and for staff overtime during the tournament, a total bill which he estimated at $200,000.