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Korda, Lewis, Munoz Tied for Lead at LPGA Season Opener

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:55 Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:49

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OCALA, Florida (Mark Long/AP) — Jessica Korda pulled a hand warmer out of each jacket pocket, showing just how cold she was during the opening round of the LPGA opener.

Her scoreboard told a much different story.

The 21-year-old American shot a 6-under 66 in the opening round of the Coates Golf Championship and was in a three-way tie with fellow American Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz of Spain. All three teed off in windy conditions and finished in chilly temperatures just before dark.

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Lexi Thompson Makes Her 2015 LPGA Tour Debut as Zurich’s First Female Golf Ambassador

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:31 Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:25

altSCHAUMBURG, Illinois (LPGA) — Zurich Insurance Group, the title sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic, has named Lexi Thompson, 19, as its first female member of the Zurich Golf Ambassador program. Thompson, an American who at the time became the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at age 12, will make her 2015 LPGA Tour debut at the Coates Golf Championship. The golf ambassador program has helped Zurich expand its reach in golf far beyond the Zurich Classic to engage with customers, brokers, employees, executives and charities on a global level throughout the year.

Thompson will display the Zurich logo on her left sleeve and represent the company in the growth of its women’s golf initiatives throughout the relationship. She will join Zurich and their guests in attendance at the 2015 Zurich Classic. Other Zurich Golf Ambassadors include Ben Crane, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.

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This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 23:08 Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:51

Phoenix OpenCanadian Press

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PGA TOUR

PHOENIX OPEN

Site: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course (7,266 yards, par 71).

Purse: $6.3 million. Winner's share: $1,134,000.

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LPGA, Golf Channel, and NBC Announce 2015 LPGA Tournament TV Schedule

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 21:40 Tuesday, 27 January 2015 21:27

altDAYTONA BEACH/ORLANDO, Florida — With a 2015 tournament schedule that features 34 events around the world highlighted by exciting enhancements with two majors, the ANA Inspiration and the inaugural KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the return of the biennial Solheim Cup, the LPGA Tour is riding a wave of momentum as the 2015 season kicks off this week. Following a 2014 season that saw an 18 percent increase in viewership of North American events on Golf Channel and NBC, the momentum continues with the unveiling of Golf Channel and NBC’s 2015 LPGA television schedule, featuring nearly 400 hours of coverage, the most televised hours in LPGA history.

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Parks and Woods Become First African American Duo on Tour Since 1971

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:06 Monday, 26 January 2015 23:59

Sadena Parks and Cheyenne WoodsFor the first time since 1971, the LPGA Tour will have two African American players on Tour at the same time.

Sadena Parks and Cheyenne Woods will become only the fifth and sixth African Americans in LPGA history when both tee it up to start the season.

The last African American player to play on the LPGA Tour was Shasta Averyhardt in 2011.

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