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2023 LPGA Tour to offer more than USD101 million in prize money across 33 official events in 12 countries
The 2023 LPGA Tour schedule will feature USD101.4 million in prize money across 33 official events in 12 countries, along with the biennial playings of the Solheim Cup and the Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown.
“Because of our athletes, partners, volunteers and incredible fans, 2023 will be a banner year for the LPGA Tour,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “The schedule features new events, elevated purses, unique formats and world-class golf courses.
"Our athletes are playing for more total prize money than any time in history, and we have over 500 hours of broadcast television. All those things combine to make the LPGA the leading women’s professional sports property in the world."
The 2023 global schedule starts the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, following which the tour will visit Asia for three events - the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore and Blue Bay LPGA at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Clun on Hainan Island.
The tour then heads to Superstition Mountain Golf Club in Arizona for the fifth playing of the LPGA Drive On Championship. The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, will make its debut as host of The Chevron Championship, the first women’s major of the season, with a newly elevated purse of USD5.1 million. The following week, the JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro will join the LPGA Tour schedule at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, boasting a USD3 million purse.
New Jersey will host four events in 2023, starting with the Cognizant Founders Cup at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, the LPGA Tour’s annual celebration of the past, present and future of the women’s game. The Mizuho Americas Open at Jersey City’s Liberty National Golf Club will include 24 elite female amateurs competing in a concurrent AJGA Invitational, playing alongside their professional heroes. The Bay Course at Seaview in Atlantic City will host the 35th playing of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, and the swing through the Garden State will end with a minimum USD9 million purse at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, just the second elite women’s competition to be held on the Lower Course at the famed Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield.
Two weeks later, the U.S. Women’s Open presented by ProMedica will bring female professional golfers to Pebble Beach for the first time, adding a new page to a history book that includes seven men’s majors. Players will compete for at least USD10 million at one of the country’s most popular venues.
In July and August, the LPGA Tour will make its usual swing through Europe, opening in France with the Amundi Evian Championship and its USD6.5 million purse. The AIG Women’s Open, which will be contested with a purse of at least USD7.3 million, will take place at Walton Heath, host venue for the 1981 Ryder Cup. The LPGA Tour will then compete across the United States and Canada before heading back to Asia for four events in China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan in the month of October.
The 2023 competitive schedule will culminate with back-to-back events along the Southwestern Florida coast. THE ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, featuring a purse of USD3.25 million, will welcome 72-time LPGA Tour winner Annika Sorenstam as the official tournament host. The season will end at Tiburon Golf Club for the CME Group Tour Championship, with the winner receiving USD2 million, the largest single prize in the history of women’s golf.
The 2023 season will also feature two team competitions. The Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown, a team match-play competition that showcases the best female golfers from the top eight countries across the globe, will return to the LPGA Tour calendar for the first time since 2018 and will be held at San Francisco’s famed TPC Harding Park on May 4-7. On September 22-24, the Solheim Cup, featuring the 12 best U.S. players versus the 12 best European players, will be held at Finca Cortesin in Spain.