LPGA Announces 2022 Schedule, With Cash Prizes Of Nearly $ 90M

NAPLES, Florida - A year after navigating the coronavirus pandemic, the LPGA announced its 2022 schedule on Friday featuring 34 tournaments with ca

NAPLES, Florida – A year after navigating the coronavirus pandemic, the announced its 2022 schedule on Friday featuring 34 tournaments with cash prizes approaching $ 90 million, a record.

A third tournament in Florida remains to be determined early in February that will complete a three-event tour of the Sunshine State to kick off the year, along with tournament fields in Hawaii, Oregon and New Jersey.

The LPGA Tour is bringing five events to Southern California, including back-to-back weeks in Los Angeles and the final edition at Rancho Mirage of what is now The Chevron Championship, the first major tournament of the year moving to Houston in 2023.

Nineteen tournaments have cash prizes of at least $ 2 million, with the largest – for now – 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 cash prize for the US Women’s Open, which is expected to be considerably higher than $ 5.5 million this year.

Mollie Marcoux Samaan, who became the commissioner of the LPGA Tour in September after Mike Whan left to be president of the USGA, said women’s golf was poised to grow.

“This is our time,” she said. “The momentum is with us. And we think there is even more growth to come in so many different areas.”

The official cash prize that was announced on Friday was $ 87.5 million, with nine tournaments announcing raises, three of them for $ 1 million or more.

South Korean television network JTBC has become the title sponsor of three tournaments, all in California. He takes Kia’s place in the March 24-27 tournament at Aviara north of San Diego, then has back-to-back tournaments in late April at Los Angeles at Palos Verdes Estates and Wilshire Country Club.

Along with Chevron in the California desert, the LPGA Mediheal Championship moves from Lake Merced in San Francisco to The Saticoy Club, which was designed by William F. Bell and is located in Ventura County about 20 miles north of Thousand Oaks.

The schedule has a two-stop Asia tour in March – Singapore and Thailand. The Blue Bay LPGA on the island of Hainan in China is not on next year’s schedule. The autumn tour through Asia includes Shanghai, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Due to travel restrictions due to the pandemic, South Korea was the only event to be played this year.

Rotating major tournaments include Muirfield for the AIG Women’s British Open, considered the purest golf course that only recently allowed women to join as members, and Congressional for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which has never hosted a first-rate women’s event.

The US Women’s Open returns to Pine Needles in North Carolina.

The LPGA lost its tournament in Kingsmill, Virginia, but has a new event in Cincinnati. Also absent from the calendar is the International Crown, though perhaps not forever.

Southern California and Florida have five tournaments each. The season concludes again with the Pelican Women’s Championship in the Tampa Bay area and the CME Group Tour Championship.