Evian Masters to gain LPGA major status

July 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France, July 20 (UPI) -- The LPGA will add a fifth major tournament to its schedule in 2013 when France's Evian Masters, already women's golf's richest event, is boosted in profile.

The LPGA considers The Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship, the U.S. Women's Open and the Women's British Open as major tournaments. The fifth major will be called "The Evian" and will be the second week in September in 2013.

"Evian has stepped up to make a huge statement for women's golf worldwide with The Evian," LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said Wednesday. "The Evian will be a tournament, a location and an atmosphere that young women will strive to be part of for the next few decades."

The announcement was made the day before the Evian Masters for this year opens in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The Evian Masters Golf Club, the site of the tournament, is to undergo a makeover, with the final four holes being designed around and through a spectator amphitheater. The course redesign is to be completed by the 2013 event.

The current Evian Masters offers a purse of $3.25 million, a total matched only by the U.S. Women's Open on the LPGA schedule.

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