LPGA Tour will come out of pandemic potent with 34-party schedule

NAPLES, Fla. — LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan no for a longer period actions results by earning it to the close of yr disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A timetable for 2021 he released Friday indicates the LPGA Tour came out stronger than ever.

The LPGA Tour has additional two tournaments and did not lose any of the ones that experienced to terminate because of the shutdown.

Whan still left small wiggle space for much more interruptions, with a plan that starts off Jan. 21 in Florida and ends 10 months later with consecutive gatherings in Florida. The first 7 tournaments are all in the United States, with the Asia swing going to the spring.

The 34 official events provide a file $76.45 million in prize money. The premier purse is the $5.5 million for the U.S. Women’s Open up at Olympic Club the very first 7 days in June, while the major payoff is the CME Group Tour Championship, which ordinarily awards $1.5 million to the winner.

“We are recapturing the momentum that we experienced at the starting of 2020 and we are excited about our upcoming, which will contain information of new title sponsors and several considerable purse will increase,” Whan reported.

The LPGA experienced plenty of momentum a yr in the past when it introduced a 34-match routine. That was just before the pandemic shut down the LPGA Tour just four tournaments into the season. It failed to resume right up until late July, with two supplemental activities working with the “Drive On” topic to fill some gaps.

The opening event is the Diamond Resorts Event of Champions on Jan. 21-24 in Orlando, Florida. A thirty day period later on, alternatively of heading to Australia and Asia, the tour will have consecutive months in Florida before transferring west for the Kia Basic north of San Diego, the ANA Inspiration as its 1st important in the California desert. Following a 7 days break all through the Masters, the LPGA resumes with situations in Hawaii and Los Angeles ahead of heading to Asia for a few weeks.

Whan hopes that going the Asia activities again a few months will be adequate time for vacation limits to be eased.

The U.S. Women’s Open up goes to Olympic Club in San Francisco for the very first time, though the Women’s PGA Championship will be at Atlanta Athletic Club and the Women’s British Open up will be at Carnoustie.

The Founders Cup is leaving Arizona for the first time in its 10-12 months record, going to Mountain Ridge State Club in northern New Jersey. The LPGA has extra a match participate in occasion and an event that will be co-sanctioned with the Females European Tour. Details have not been introduced on the new occasions.

Asia has a few consecutive activities in May perhaps and a few a lot more in October. Europe also has a extend of LPGA golf for a month, with the two majors (Evian and the Women’s British Open) alongside with the Women Scottish Open up and the new tournament with the Permit.

The timetable features the Solheim Cup on Labor Working day weekend, to be held at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.