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Two changes lead to strongest-ever field for LPGA Las Vegas event

A format change and new date are leading to the strongest field in the history of the LPGA’s match play event in Las Vegas.

Five of the biggest names in women’s golf — all who have never played in the tournament — are on the early commitment list for next week’s T-Mobile Match Play.

Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, Rose Zhang and Paula Creamer are among the names signed up to play April 3-7 at Shadow Creek.

They join a strong group that includes Celine Boutier, Minjee Lee, Brooke Henderson and 21 major championship winners among the 96-player field.

One of those major winners, Brittany Lincicome, received the second of two sponsor exemptions into the field. The 20-year tour veteran joins UNLV junior McKenzi Hall, who is making her LPGA debut.

Past winners Ally Ewing (2021), Eun-Hee Ji (2022) and Pajaree Anannarukarn (2023) are also in the field.

Players have until 5 p.m. Friday to declare for the tournament, which will include three days of stroke play and two days of match play among the top eight players.

The first three years of the tournament featured five days of match play and the event was played the last week of May.

Greg Robertson covers golf for the Review-Journal. Reach him at grobertson@reviewjournal.com.

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