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Already with two annual tournaments in Michigan, the LPGA Tour is set to announce another later this week.

The tournament will start in 2019 and be held at Midland Country Club, according to a source with direct knowledge of the LPGA Tour's thinking, as well as the Dow Chemical Company, which will be the presenting sponsor.

The source requested anonymity because an official announcement has not yet been made. Dow plans to make an announcement Thursday, confirming Dow, LPGA and club officials will be present.

The tournament will have a unique twist, as a two-person team tournament, similar to the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic in New Orleans, according to the source.

It's not yet clear where the tournament will fall on the LPGA's calendar.

The LPGA Tour has held more annual tournaments in Michigan than the PGA Tour and Champions Tour combined. The Midland event will be the eighth LPGA Tour tournament in Michigan history, with two other tournaments still ongoing -- the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor (May 24-27) and the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club near Grand Rapids (June 14-17).

From 2001-13, after the demise of the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing, the LPGA didn't hold any tournaments in Michigan.

The Meijer tournament began in 2014, featuring one of the richest purses for a non-major, followed by the Volvik in 2016.

The new tournament is the latest addition to Michigan’s golf footprint, following the addition of the Champions Tour’s Ally Challenge this September at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc.

The Detroit News previously reported the PGA Tour also is close to finalizing a deal to bring a tournament to Detroit Golf Club, starting in 2019. The PGA Tour hasn’t played in Michigan since the Buick Open’s last tournament in 2009.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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