LPGA season set to begin with more events, optimism

LPGA season set to begin with more events, optimism

Lexi Thompson cruised to victory in the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday, firing a 4-under 68 to put three strokes between her and second place finisher Michelle Wie.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A dry board in the office of LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan is filled with black-and-blue, an appropriate color scheme for a tour that had been taking its lumps over the last couple of years.

The colors are used for the schedule – blue ink for those that are a work in progress, black ink for the done deals.

The board is mostly black these days.

A new LPGA Tour season gets under way this week at Royal Melbourne with the Women's Australian Open, one of four additional tournaments on the 2012 schedule that have helped nudge momentum in a favorable direction.

Along with adding four tournaments, there no longer are large gaps in the schedule. The LPGA Tour will not go more than two weeks without playing.

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