Alternate Shot: Major purses vs. non-majors

This week's inaugural Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open on the LPGA Tour will play host to one of the year's top fields while doling out a total of $2.5 million to its competitors.

Nice story, but one which could become problematic as well. That's because the Ginn joins three other LPGA events which all feature larger purses than three of the women's major championships this season. (The U.S. Women's Open has a purse of $3.1 million, while the Kraft Nabisco, LPGA Championship and Women's British Open each pay a total of $1.8 million to its players.)

The story isn't relegated to the LPGA, either. On the men's side, the total money available at The Players Championship and all three World Golf Championships events exceeds that of any of the four majors.

Should the most prestigious events offer the largest purses? Or is it OK for "lesser" tournaments to feature larger purses than those that make up the Grand Slam? Ron Sirak and Bob Harig debate in this week's edition of Alternate Shot.

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