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LPGA play revamped PGA Championship

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The LPGA plays one of their five majors this week when the revamped KPMG Women's PGA Championship is played at the famed Westchester Country Club in Harrison north of New York city.

The event is essentially a rebirth of the LPGA Championship and it is now intended that the event will be rotated around some of the more significant golf courses in metropolitan areas.

The other new aspect to this week's event is the purse which has been increased to US$3.5 million, making it one of the richest on the LPGA Tour and trailing only the US Women's Open in that regard.

The long-time home for a PGA Tour event, the Westchester Classic, the Westchester Country Club is home to 45 holes of golf, 36 of them originally designed by Walter. J. Travis.

This week sees a battle between the world number one and two, Lydia Ko and Inbee Park, with the mantle of the game's best, on paper at least, at stake.

Lydia Ko has a narrow lead over Park in the Rolex World Ranking but her most recent form has been below that she was displaying a few weeks ago. Ko has yet to win a major although clearly she is a player who is going to win several.

Park is the defending champion and also won in 2013 although on this new layout that accounts for little. She has, though, been in fine form for most of the season and it would be a surprise on a golf course as demanding as this one is likely to be that she is not amongst the contenders on Sunday.

The world number three Stacy Lewis has been a little below her best of late although earlier in the season she was reeling off top 3 finishes on a regular basis. If she can regain that form she is a chance to be in the mix.

Recent winner's Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr and Anna Nordqvist are others worthy of consideration.

The Australians in the field are headed in terms of world ranking by Karrie Webb although Minjee Lee is Australia's best performer this season having won recently and finished 4th last year. It might be a bit much to expect her to win a major at this stage but do not be surprised if she is not too far from the leaders on Sunday.

Webb, Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Kemp and Katherine Kirk are the others who will tee it up.

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