LPGA schedule features 2 new events and record prize money

Charley Hull, of England, kisses her trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship golf tournament during the award ceremony after the tournament in Naples, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via AP)
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour will have four new tournaments next year with an increase of $4.35 million in total prize money.

Commissioner Mike Whan announced the 2017 schedule on Wednesday. It features 34 official tournaments, with 16 of them offering at least $2 million purses.

Some previously had been announced. The biggest surprise was the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico moving from November to May and switching to match play. The field was particularly weak this year because it was between the end of the fall Asia swing and CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

Next year, there will be a week off between Asia and the season finale.

Whan said the U.S. Women's Open will have a $5 million purse, the largest in women's golf history.