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Field confirmed for inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas Classic

All of the top 10 in the Rolex Rankings committed to coming to ladies professional golf event
  • COMING TO THE BAHAMAS: American Stacy Lewis reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA Golf Tournament. Lewis, the second ranked ladies golfer in the world according to the Rolex Rankings, has committed to coming to The Bahamas for the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic next week. AP

Published: May 17, 2013

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With commitments from 2013 winners Cristie Kerr and Suzann Pettersen, the final field for the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will feature each of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, and all of the winners thus far on this year’s Ladies Professional Golf Association’s (LPGA) schedule. The $1.3 million tournament is scheduled for May 23-26 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, here in The Bahamas. The field of 144 players was finalized at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

“I’m excited to go for two victories in a row next week at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic,” said Kerr, winner of the 2013 Kingsmill Championship earlier this month, where she defeated Pettersen in a playoff. “I’ve heard it’s a beautiful venue, and it should provide a great backdrop for the inaugural tournament.”

“I look forward to a great week of golf in The Bahamas,” said Pettersen, winner of the 2013 LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf. “My game is in good form, and I am excited to get back on the golf course.”

The field for the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic is shaping up as one of the strongest of the year. The top 10 players and 17 of the top 20 in the Rolex Rankings are entered as are nine of the top 10 on the 2013 LPGA money list.

“We couldn't be more excited about our field and how the top ranked players in the world will be joining us here in Nassau,” said tournament director Matt Truax of Global Golf Management, which operates the event. “Having 17 of the top 20 competing on a truly breathtaking course is going to make for a dynamic television broadcast. Additionally, we are looking forward to seeing how the Ocean Club holds up against this talented group of women. The Bahamian community is in for a real treat, and we can't wait to tee it up next week.”

Golf Channel will provide 10 hours of coverage of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, which is the 11th event on the 2013 LPGA schedule. Here are the confirmed TV times (EDT): Thursday, May 23 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (taped), Friday, May 24 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (taped), Saturday, May 25 – 3-6 p.m. (live), and Sunday, May 26 – 3-6 p.m. (live).

Admission and general parking are free for all spectators. For more information, the public is asked to visit www.puresilkbahamas.com.

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