Naples, Fla. (NWN) — A year after navigating through the coronavirus pandemic, the LPGA on Friday released its 2022 schedule that includes 34 tournaments with record prize money that is close to $90 million.
Still to be determined is a third tournament in Florida in early February that will complete a three-event swing through the Sunshine State to begin the year, along with tournament courses in Hawaii, Oregon and New Jersey .
The LPGA Tour is taking five events to Southern California, including consecutive weeks in Los Angeles and the final edition at Rancho Mirage, now The Chevron Championship, the first major of the year that will move to Houston in 2023.
Nineteen tournaments have prize money of at least $2 million, with the largest – for now – being the CME Group Tour Championship at $7 million, with $2 million for the winner and $40,000 for last place.
The USGA has not announced the prize money for the US Women’s Open, which is expected to exceed $5.5 million this year.
Molly Marcox summons, who became LPGA Tour commissioner in September after Mike Vaughan became USGA CEO, said women’s golf was positioned for development.
“It’s our time,” she said. “Speed is with us. And we think there’s more development to be done in so many different areas. ,
The official prize money announced Friday was $87.5 million, with an increase in nine tournaments announced, three of which raised $1 million or more.
South Korean television network JTBC has become the title sponsor of three tournaments, all in California. It takes Kia to a March 24-27 tournament in Aviara, north of San Diego, and then back-to-back tournaments in Los Angeles at Palos Verdes Estates and Wilshire Country Club in late April.
With Chevron in the California desert, the LPGA Mediwheel Championship is moving from Merced Lake in San Francisco to The Saticoy Club, a William F. Bell Design, located about 20 miles north of Thousand Oaks.
The schedule has a two-stop swing through Asia in March – Singapore and Thailand. The Blue Bay LPGA on China’s Hainan Island is not on next year’s schedule. Shanghai, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan are included in the swing of the decline through Asia. Due to travel restrictions from the pandemic, South Korea was the only event to be played this year.
Rotating majors include Muirfield for the AIG Women’s British Open, which is considered the purest link, which recently allowed women to join as members, and Congressional for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which has never also did not host a major women’s event.
The U.S. Women’s Open returns to Pine Needle in North Carolina.
The LPGA lost its tournament in Kingsmill, Virginia, but has a new schedule in Cincinnati. Also missing from the schedule is the International Crown, though perhaps not for good.
There are five tournaments each in Southern California and Florida. The season ends again with the Pelicans Women’s Championship and CME Group Tour Championship in the Tampa Bay area.
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