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LPGA major will continue, with or without title sponsor

By John Strege

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Commissioner Mike Whan is entertaining three potential title sponsors for the LPGA’s first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week, Whan said Thursday.

“It’s 75, 25 we’re sitting here next year with a sponsor,” Whan said. Kraft Nabisco is ending its sponsorship of the tournament with which it has been associated since 1982.

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Even without a sponsor, the show will go on and will go on at Mission Hills Country Club here, Whan said. “We’re coming back, and if we come back without a sponsor we’ll come back without a sponsor. I’ll fund this one.

“At the end of the day, all anyone here needs to know is that we’re coming back. Gabe (Codding, tournament director) and his team aren’t going anywhere. The point is, I want to be here. In my commissioner tenure I don’t want to lose this major. This one is not going away.”