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Continued: Adding a 5th major becomes a struggle of semantics for LPGA Tour, Inbee Park

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf Writer
  • Last update: July 2, 2013 - 5:05 PM

Tradition is the Kraft Nabisco, the only major played on the same course (Rancho Mirage) where the winner jumps into the pond. But it was a regular LPGA Tour event for 11 years before it was designated a major. The Women's British Open was first played in 1976, became part of the LPGA schedule in 1994 and did not become a major until 2001.

And now the LPGA has The Evian Championship, which only started in 2000 and now is supposed to be a major, right up there with the U.S. Women's Open. Oddly enough, Park is the defending champion. The field will be similar. The course is the same. And now it's a major.

"Sometimes it's hard to fit into the box how we compare history," Whan said. "I stopped seeing asterisks in LeBron James from playing in the 3-pointer era. You could talk about no-hitters and the DH. I lived in the hockey world, and they make small rules changes. Sports moves forward. The asterisk doesn't last. It's the new normal.

"If Inbee wins the British Open and it's 2011, the media writes a bunch of stories and for the next seven months, 'See you guys next season.' Now if she wins, there will be more attention on The Evian Championship than even Evian could ever have fathomed," he said. "It could be good or it could be bad."

But at least they're talking. And for women's golf, that's never a bad thing.

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