LPGA creates global competition with new event

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two years before golf returns to the Olympics, the LPGA Tour is creating a tournament to determine the best in the world.

The International Crown will start in 2014 and be played every other year. It will feature four days of team matches among eight countries that can field the strongest four-player teams based on the world rankings. The inaugural event will be in late July at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore.

LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan announced the event Thursday at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

Whan said the players will wear uniforms of their country, free of corporate sponsorships. The purse will be $1.6 million, with $400,000 going to the winning team. The tournament will be played in the middle of the LPGA Tour season.

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