If Stacy Lewis were the commissioner of the LPGA, one of her first changes would be to go back to the original four-major schedule.
In an interview with Golf Magazine, the women’s world No. 1 said if she had LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan’s job for a day, she would prefer the original four-major schedule. The Evian Championship was added as the "fifth major" in 2013 joining the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the Women’s PGA Championship, the U.S. Women’s Open and the Women’s British Open. The PGA Tour recognizes four major championships.
“The whole concept of five majors hasn't set right with me since we changed it last year,” Lewis said.
Also on Commissioner Lewis’ list of demands? Smaller fields, bigger purses and larger venues for LPGA events.
“We need to play on the bigger course venues,” said Lewis. “Why not bring the LPGA to a course like Pebble Beach? We've always done well in smaller markets, but I'd love to see us get to bigger venues and see what we can do.”
Michelle Wie’s 2014 U.S. Women’s Open win at Pinehurst No. 2 –- the same course that the U.S. Men's Open was played on just one week earlier –- proved to be a hit.
Lewis added that smaller fields would strengthen the quality of both pro and amateur golfers, specifically those on the Symetra Tour — the LPGA’s development tour.
“[Smaller fields] would increase the competition and get those girls to learn how to win,” she said. “Not just make cuts.”