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Pure Silk Survives Pure Silt

ATLANTIS, BAHAMAS | It was more than fitting that the top two players on the leader-board at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic were unlikely and mostly without warning. That’s because the tournament itself was equally unlikely to even happen given the circumstances of early last week. Il Hee Lee of South Korea won the inaugural LPGA event by playing some steady golf down the stretch in howling winds on Sunday afternoon. She beat Irene Cho by two shots for her first LPGA victory. The fact that the tournament was held at all is due to some creative thinking by LPGA officials and tournament organizers. Last Tuesday, the Ocean Club Course on Paradise Island was drowned by 12-15 inches of rain and many of the holes were overwhelmingly flooded. Thursday play was called off entirely and officials decided they could cobble together 12 playable holes – some par-4 holes were converted to par-3s – and that the entire field of 144 players would compete on 12 holes a day for three days. That would give the tournament 36 holes of competition, thereby making the event official – which included official prize money. Such a plan was important to those players who needed a chance to improve their positions on the LPGA Tour money list.


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