Published: Oct 27, 2011 5:17 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2011 6:31 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The LPGA Tour is returning to Australia, co-sanctioning the Women's Australian Open in February at Royal Melbourne.

The LPGA Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf said Thursday that the $1.1 million Women's Australian Open will be played from Feb. 9-12 and begin a three-tournament swing in Asia that includes stops in Thailand and Singapore. In 2013, the Australian Open will move to Royal Canberra.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the event this year at Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne.

The Australian Ladies Masters was co-sanctioned by the LPGA and ALPG from 1997-2000, and they also sanctioned an unofficial team event in Perth in 2007.