This week Michelle Wie finally got her first LPGA Tour win. Unfortunately the LPGA also announced that the schedule for next year will also be cut to 24 official events. In the latest hit to professional sports, the LPGA will need all the publicity it can get from Wie and it’s other young stars. There will be just 13 events played in the United States on next years schedule and a total of 17 off weeks during the year. This will make even more difficult for young players that are not among the best in the world to establish themselves on the LPGA Tour. With 13 domestic events players will need to shine when given the rare opportunity to earn their cards. Hopefully the LPGA will be able to come out of this recession and restore a full schedule in the next couple years, there were 34 events just two years ago. With young stars like Wie and veterans like Lorena Ochoa battling out there will certainly be great battles on the course. Only time will tell if someone can fill the shoes of Annika Sorenstam, the long time world number one, and bring enough viewers and sponsors to the sport.
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