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Aussie Ladies Masters promoter: No realistic solution in future

GOLD COAST, Australia -- Australian Ladies Masters promoter Bob Tuohy says he's struggling to keep the tournament afloat after 27 years.

The tournament, which has been played at Royal Pines since 1992 and has a list of former champions that includes Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam, begins Thursday with No. 11 Brooke Henderson as its top-ranked player. It is sanctioned by the Australian Ladies Professional Golf and Ladies European tours.

The LPGA's Honda Classic in Thailand clashes with the Australian event and has attracted most of the top players.

Agreements with the major sponsor and Gold Coast City Council expire after this year.

"We'd obviously love to continue with the event, but you have to look at a lot of factors," Tuohy said. "Times have changed. I don't see any realistic solution in the future."