The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Chevron have announced an extension to their partnership to further elevate playing opportunities for the world’s best golfers and invest in the future of the game.

One of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, Chevron will maintain its place as title sponsor of The Chevron Championship, the first major of the LPGA Tour season, through 2029. The purse for The Chevron Championship will be elevated to USD7.9 million in 2024, an increase of USD4.8 million over the last three years with Chevron’s title sponsorship. Players who miss the cut will receive USD10,000, up from USD5,000 in 2023, which is currently the highest missed-cut stipend on the LPGA Tour and aims to help athletes cover expenses for the week.

The Chevron Championship, being held this week at The Club at Carlton Woods, brings together 132 of the world’s best golfers.

Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 Nelly Korda of the United States, who has won her last four consecutive starts on the LPGA Tour, headlines the field, along with compatriot and defending champion Lilia Vu. New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who has 20 tournament titles and two majors under her belt, could secure her place in the LPGA Hall of Fame with a win at The Chevron Championship.

“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the LPGA and continue to help advance the great progress the Tour and the LPGA Foundation are making in this ever-changing environment,” said Mike Wirth, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Chevron.

“Partnerships like this one with the LPGA are core to Chevron’s mission of highlighting the human energy we bring to enabling progress. Beyond expanding opportunities for the world’s best golfers, this major championship has allowed us to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion – from early education to sports to careers and beyond. We look forward to many more years of bringing light to talent both inside and outside the ropes.”

“Chevron’s extended partnership not only elevates the LPGA but also exemplifies a shared commitment to empowering and inspiring girls and women both on and off the course,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “From the beginning of our partnership with Chevron and now with this extension, increased purse and enhanced support for athletes, the evolution of The Chevron Championship is a symbol of our collective dedication to advancing women's sports and driving the game toward equity.

Together, we look forward to continuing to grow this historic major championship on all levels and shaping an extremely bright future for generations of girls to come. It goes without saying, but we could not be more grateful for our partnership with Chevron.”

The Chevron Championship’s purse increase brings the LPGA Tour’s season-long combined total prize money to USD123.25 million, up 78.6% since 2019. In 2021, the LPGA’s five major championships awarded USD23 million in official money. In 2024, the majors will award at least USD45.4 million, a 97% increase in just three years.

For Chevron, which has had a place in the Houston area for more than 100 years, this relationship speaks directly to its mission to drive human progress. Chevron has worked with the LPGA Foundation to contribute more than USD5 million to community partners over the past two years since assuming title sponsorship of The Chevron Championship, highlighted by The Chevron Challenge, which focuses on areas such as STEM education, diversity and inclusion, and women’s excellence.

When the LPGA Foundation launched its Giving Circle campaign in 2022, Chevron became the first corporate partner at the Founders Circle level, the highest level of giving, and the third member of this level after the USGA and LPGA Tour athletes.

Chevron’s investment touches numerous aspects of the LPGA Foundation, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and Scholarships.

With a final-round 68, world no. 1, Scottie Scheffler kept his composure and successfully clinched his second green jacket, joining the select group of 17 golfers who have earned the title twice in their careers.

Scheffler finished at 11-under-par 277, four strokes ahead of debutant Ludvig Åberg of Sweden, who put forth a battling effort in his Masters debut. Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, and Tommy Fleetwood tied for third at four-under-par.

Bryson DeChambeau and Cameron Smith closed on two-under-par.

Both of Scheffler's Masters victories have come when he was world No. 1. Tiger Woods is the only other player to have won two Green Jackets while holding the top ranking.

“It's hard to put into words how special this is,” Scheffler said. “It's been a long week, a grind of a week. It was a battle. The golf course was so challenging, and to be sitting here wearing this jacket again and getting to take it home is extremely special.”

Capping the week at Augusta National with his third victory in his last four starts, Scheffler's full attention is coming towards becoming a father-to-be.

“I’m coming home,” said the 27-year-old. “I’ll be home as quick as I can. It’s a very special time for both of us. I can’t put into words what it means to win this tournament. I really can’t put into words what it’s going to be like to become a father for the first time.”

Final Scores
277 (-11) Scottie Scheffler 66-72-71-68
281 (-7) Ludvig Åberg 73-69-70-69
286 (-4) Tommy Fleetwood 72-71-72-69, Max Homa 67-71-73-73, Collin Morikawa 71-70-69-74

Korea's Byeong Hun An staged another valiant comeback after a difficult start to salvage a gutsy even-par 72 in the third round of the Masters Tournament on Saturday and positioned himself for a best-ever finish in the year’s first major.

An, a five-time PGA TOUR runner-up, brilliantly birdied Hole Nos. 16 and 17 before sinking a clutch eight-foot putt for par at Augusta National for tied ninth place on 1-under 215, six shots behind 54-hole leader, Scottie Scheffler.

World No. 1 Scheffler, who has triumphed in two of his last three PGA TOUR events, ground out a 71 to claim a narrow one-shot lead over compatriot Collin Morikawa, who surged into second place with a solid 69 to earn his place in the final pairing with Scheffler on Sunday. Max Homa, one of three co-leaders on Friday, shot a 73 for solo third, two back, while Masters debutant Ludvig Aberg returned a 70 for fourth place.

An will be looking to mount a strong push in Sunday's finale, fully aware of the stakes at hand.

With his current position, the 32-year-old Korean is poised to achieve his best-ever result at the Masters in his five appearances, surpassing his previous best of T33 in 2017. Maintaining his position within the top 12 is also crucial as it would guarantee a return to Augusta National next year.

As he is six back, An has an outside chance to challenge for the coveted Green Jacket.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, the 2021 Masters winner, shot his week's best 71 to rise to T28 on 221. He has finished inside the top 20 in eight of his nine appearances. Korean duo Siwoo Kim and Tom Kim, the other two Asian competitors who made the halfway cut, registered a 73 and 77 to sit in T41 and T52 respectively.

Bidding to reclaim the Green Jacket he won in 2022, Scheffler overcame a tough day which saw him mix his scorecard with an eagle, four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey as he remained on course for his career's second major victory.

"I think I'll have a better understanding of what the morning is like tomorrow. But, yeah, proud of how I played today. It was a good fight out there. The golf course was extremely challenging. The greens were very firm, very fast, and it was extremely difficult again today. So probably looking for more of the same tomorrow," said Scheffler, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and The Players Championship last month.

Five-time Masters winner Tiger Woods carded his worst score at Augusta National, shooting an 82 as he slipped down the leaderboard.

Korea’s Byeong Hun An posted his best Masters Tournament finish with a tied 16th on Sunday but was left ruing a cold putter which saw him miss out on an automatic return to Augusta National by a single stroke.

The 32-year-old signed off on his fifth appearance at the year’s opening major with a 3-over 75 where his scorecard included a mix of five birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey. The top-12 finishers and ties earn invitations back to next year’s Masters.

“First two days were great. Obviously, the weekend was a little disappointing. I feel like my ball striking was there, but putting let me down. Yesterday I could have had six more birdies, a lot more pars … same today. It was very disappointing to finish this way. I've got to figure something out. It's golf,” said An, who finished T33 in 2017 for his previous best result at Augusta National.

The only consolation for An was he emerged as the highest placed Asian finisher at the Masters, which was won by World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. The in-form American triumphed by four strokes over debutant Ludvig Aberg following a 68 for his second green jacket in three years, and also his third tournament victory on the PGA TOUR in his last four starts.

Tom Kim fired the day’s lowest of 66, highlighted by eight birdies, to share 30th place with amongst others, compatriot Si Woo Kim, who signed off with a 70 in what was his eighth successive Masters appearance. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, the lone Asian to win the Masters in 2021, closed with a 74 for tied 38th.

A missed drive on his opening hole which led to a bogey was a sign of things to come for An as he failed to find his mark with his broomstick putter, which has so often been reliable this season. Another errant tee shot on the tricky par-3 12th where his ball landed in the shrubs saw him stagger off the green with his only double bogey of the week. He three-putted the 16th and 17th greens for bogeys, before finding his range from 15 feet on the last for a closing birdie.

“I feel like all the game's there, short game's there, ball striking's there,:” said An, who drops one rung to eighth in the latest FedExCup points list. “It's kind of disappointing to have this kind of play on the greens.

“Overall, it's the Masters. I'm playing on Sunday. It was great. Hopefully I can come back next year.”

With Sungjae Im, who missed the halfway cut on Friday, being the fourth Korean in this year’s elite field, An believes it is a good indicator of the growing strength of Korean golf, and anticipates the day when a Korean player will don the green jacket afforded to the winner.

“Yeah, there should be more (in the Masters). I mean, four is great, but I feel like there're many great players that can play into this event. You definitely will see more in the future. There're still a lot of guys playing on the PGA TOUR who could have made it here. Four is a decent number, but hopefully we can get the win one day,” An said.

Making his second straight start after a T16 in his debut last season, Tom Kim came alive with a birdie barrage as he finished in the middle of the pack following his 66. “For me, I made the cut on the number. I didn't really have a good moving day. I just came out here just trying to make it as stress-free as possible, and I did, and just got lucky with a good round there,” said the three-time PGA TOUR winner.

He is hoping the strong finish will help turn his season around where he has yet to enjoy a top-10, let alone get into contention for another win. “That's definitely a good momentum thing that I can go into next week, and to kind of see a good round like this in a major and at Augusta, I haven't really had the best of starts, and to see this round and see the hard work pay off, it's good,” said Tom, who will tee up in the RBC Heritage starting Thursday.

Like An, Tom anticipates more Koreans emerging in the coming years. “I think a lot of us are playing really consistent. I think with how good the Korean players are, I think all four could have made the cut easily. We've got a lot of good players, and I think it's definitely getting a lot more competitive. I think us playing well is definitely inspiring the next generation to come to the PGA TOUR and to play events like this because no matter what tour comes along, you can't beat traditions like the Masters and the four major championships,” he said.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler birdied his final hole to stand on top of a packed leaderboard and grab a one-stroke lead over Collin Morikawa after moving day at The Masters.

The 2022 Masters champion, who sank a 31-foot eagle putt to get his round back on track, signed in a one-under-par 71 at Augusta National to reach seven-under-par on the week and in position to win a second Masters.

With a win, Scheffler would not only celebrate his third title of the season but also become the 18th player to win the Masters multiple times and be the first to accomplish the feat since Bubba Watson in 2014.

"I think I'll have a better understanding of what the morning is like tomorrow. But, yeah, proud of how I played today. It was a good fight out there. The golf course was extremely challenging. The greens were firm and fast. It was extremely difficult again today. So probably looking for more of the same tomorrow," said Scheffler, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and The Players Championship last month.

Morikawa, who is hoping to clinch the third leg of the career Grand Glam of golf's four majors, found himself in second place after returning with a three-under-par 69.


Max Homa (73), who along with LIV Golf's Bryson DeChambeau (75) held a share of the halfway lead with Scheffler, was a further shot back in third while Ludvig Aberg (70) of Sweden was three shots off the lead in his major championship debut.

Five-time Masters winner Tiger Woods signed in his worst score at Augusta National, shooting an 82 as he slipped down the leaderboard.

Current Leaderboard
209 (-7) Scottie Scheffler 66-72-71
210 (-6) Collin Morikawa 71-70-69
211 (-5) Max Homa 67-71-73
212 (-4) Ludvig Åberg 73-69-70
213 (-3) Bryson DeChambeau 65-73-75

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18 Apr, 2024

LPGA and Chevron elevate and extend major relationship
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Chevron have announced an extension to their partnership to further elevate playing opportunities for the world’s best golfers and invest in the future of the game. One of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, Chevron will maintain its...

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