Friday, August 22, 2008

New LPGA Qualifications

The LPGA Tour has announced new qualifications for status on Tour for 2009. You can take a look at the specs on the LPGA site. Some of the big things to note are:

  • There is no longer a money list exemption for the Top 90, now it's top 80.
  • Now 10 cards are available for players on the Futures Tour (as predicted earlier this season, particularly as the LPGA Tour gears to become a more global tour and turn the Futures Tour into an American based B-league).
  • Also, there is a battlefield promotion from the Futures Tour.
  • Non-member winners can become exempt in better priority position - Ji Yai Shin, anyone?
The Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless has some analysis of his own that's a good read as well if you're curious about the broader implications. On the whole, though, I like these changes and think they're intended to head in the right direction for Tour membership.

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