21 Nov 2014

Ko to chase further $5 million

12:48 pm on 21 November 2014

New Zealand's world golf number three Lydia Ko will be chasing a further $5 million in prizemoney on the LPGA tour next season.

The LPGA season will feature a revamped major tournament, a new event and a $5 million boost in prizemoney.

Ahead of Friday's season-ending LPGA Titleholders tournament, the tour has revealed the 33-event schedule for 2015 includes a new opener in Florida and a new name and sponsor for the first major of the year.

Lydia Ko who's earnt over $2 million on the LPGA this year.

Lydia Ko who's earnt over $2 million on the LPGA this year. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The major known since 2002 as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, will now be called the All-Nippon Airways Inspiration, with a 25 percent purse boost to $3 million.

The event will remain at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, and still be staged the week before the first men's major event of the year, the Masters at Augusta National.

Last May, the LPGA announced the LPGA Championship would be renamed the Women's LPGA Championship.

The 2015 tour has 33 events, one more than this year, worth $78 million compared to $73 million.

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