The LPGA Tour is well positioned for a banner year in 2022, as a new schedule comprising 34 official events was released on Friday.
All of the season’s tournaments combined will offer $ 85.7 million in prize money – a new record for America’s oldest professional women’s sports organization.
“The stage is set for 2022 to be one of the most exciting years in LPGA Tour history, with the addition of new events, the largest total purse on record, over 500 hours of television broadcasting and a collective commitment to be the leading professional female sports property in the world, ”LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said in a statement.
New events mentioned by Marcoux Samaan are the JTBC Championship in Palos Verdes, which will be held at Palos Verdes Golf Club at the end of April, and the September Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G in Cincinnati.
In addition to the new events, nine existing tournaments have increased their purse size, including the season-ending CME Tour Championship, which will grow to $ 7 million, with $ 2 million awarded to the winner and $ 40,000 guaranteed to each. competitor who qualifies, making it the most important first prize in the history of women’s golf.
The scholarship for the Chevron Championship – the first major women’s tournament of the year, which will be played at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, Calif. For the last time next year – also increased significantly, adding nearly 2 million dollars for a total supply of $ 5. million.
“I think the LPGA is in a surprisingly strong position, but I also think there is a huge opportunity for growth,” Marcoux Samaan said during a panel discussion on the state of the LPGA after the release of the new schedule. “It’s our time. The momentum is with us.