The Evian set to become 5th major

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The LPGA announced on Wednesday that the Evian Masters will become the 5th major of women’s golf from 2013.

The LPGA announced on Wednesday that the Evian Masters will become the fifth major of women’s golf from 2013.

The tournament, to be known as The Evian, joins the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship, the US Open and Women’s British Open on the major circuit

The LPGA announcement came on the eve of this year’s Evian tournament which will not get immediate Major status because it has also been decided that a complete evamp of the Evian-Les-Bains course in France is be carried out before its first major.

The club has staged the Evian Masters since its inception in 1994.

“This is an historic day,” said the LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan.

“The Evian Masters course is one of the greatest settings and has one of the greatest fields in women’s golf. It will now become our fifth and final major of the year.”

Franck Riboud, founder and president of the Evian Masters, said: “It is wonderful we are going to become a major.

“The course will have a whole new look and will make the best use of the backdrop of the Alps and the Lake.”

The event, which is live on Sky Sports, carries a prize fund of 2.29m euros, a pot which sees it sit alongside the US Open as the joint richest event in women’s golf.

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