Thursday, February 05, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) — The LPGA has found a replacement for the Safeway International.

Papago Golf Course will host the Phoenix LPGA International on March 26-29, after Safeway pulled out as a sponsor for the tournament held the past five seasons at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.

One of the area's most popular municipal courses, Papago underwent a restoration in 2008. The course sits in the shadow of the Papago Buttes.

``The Phoenix event has long been one of the most popular and storied stops on the LPGA Tour, with past champions ranging from Betsy King to Laura Davies to Annika Sorenstam to, most recently, Lorena Ochoa,'' LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens said. ``This March we will add an exciting new chapter in the event's history.''

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