LPGA’s all-money-to-charity tournament returns in 2012

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Well, this is news, of a sort: the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup tourney will once again be played in Phoenix at the Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge resort. It'll also grow from 54 holes to 72.

The news isn't that the tournament is returning, though in this climate that's always good news for the LPGA. The news, or rather the question, is whether the tournament will once again see all the players donating the entire $1 million purse to charitable organizations.

Karrie Webb won the tournament earlier this year, and while charitable organizations are always a worthwhile endeavor, I think you can forgive her in that picture for looking at that check and wondering about all the wonderful things she could've gotten for herself. As winner, she was entitled to $150,000 and got, well, presumably a nice tax deduction. Still, she's scraping by; she's earned $716,000 to date this year.

More news as it breaks on this; bottom line, good for the LPGA to continue to play in Phoenix, where it's done so off and on since 1962, and good for the tournament to find the sponsorship, the wherewithal and the will to keep going.

[Via Shackelford.]

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