New LPGA event to host '15 opener

The LPGA Tour is starting the 2015 season in Florida for the first time in more than a decade.

The tour announced Tuesday that the Coates Golf Championship will be played Jan. 28-31 at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will be held the following week.

The Coates Golf Championship will feature a 120-player field over 72 holes for a $1.5 million purse. The tournament will start on Wednesday and end on Saturday, one day before the Super Bowl.

The last time the LPGA season opened in Florida was in 2001 in Orlando.

"Playing back-to-back events in Florida and The Bahamas in the East Coast time zone will be a great way for our fans to watch our first two events of the year live on Golf Channel," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said.

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