January Start for LPGA

The LPGA Tour will start its 2014 season on January 23 with the Bahamas Classic, making it the earliest start for the Tour in 13 years.

The inaugural Bahamas Classic took place in May earlier this year, but was eventually reduced to three 12-hole rounds after heavy flooding hit the area, making playing surfaces and surrounding areas untenable.

Jeff Raedle, who is president tournament manager of Global Golf Management, said: "After a challenging inaugural year, we are excited to be back at the Ocean Club, preparing for the 2014 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic."

"The players, fans and television viewers will truly see the event shine to its fullest with the new date."

Excitement for next year’s LPGA season is already in full-swing and its shaping up to be one of the best for some time, with a number of top female golfers looking to make a big impact when the greens open for the Bahamas Classic.