The 2019 CME Group Tour Championship at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. CHRIS TILLEY/ SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS
(Photo: Chris Tilley/ Special to Naples Daily News)
The LPGA has released the 2020 schedule, which includes 33 official events and a record $75.1 million in prize money. There will be more than 500 hours of global television coverage, with at least seven events on network TV.
“As I enter my second decade as commissioner,” Whan said in a statement, “we find ourselves in a new phase of the LPGA Tour. We’ve grown, but now we must flourish. We talk a lot about the next generation, but we will lift THIS generation.”
The CME Group Tour Championship will be back at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort from Nov. 19-22.
Whan recently signed a long-term contract extension with the LPGA.
So Yeon Ryu shot a 5-under 67 and is tied for second after the first round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Naples Daily News
With the LPGA schedule full and healthy, players now want to see purses increase. The most significant purse jump for 2020 comes from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which will grow to $4.3 million, up $450,000 from 2019 and $1 million from when KPMG came on board in 2015.
Both the Meijer LPGA Classic and Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational are up $300,000 to $2.3 million.
Blue Bay LPGA event in China returns to the schedule after a one-year break, moving to the spring Asian swing. Earlier in the year, the LPGA announced two new Florida events. The first will take place in Boca Raton after the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions and the second will take place in Belleair, Florida, in mid-May. That gives the tour four stops in Florida, good news for so many of the players who call the Sunshine State home.
It’s also worth noting the gap in the schedule for the 2020 Olympic Games in Toyko. After the Evian Championship in late July, the tour takes a break for the Olympics before returning for three weeks in the United Kingdom starting with the Ladies Scottish Open, AIG Women’s British Open at Royal Troon and UL International Crown at the Centurion Club outside of London.
Jan. 16-19 – Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., $1.2M
Jan. 23-26 – Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, Boca Rio GC, Boca Raton, Fla., $2M
Feb. 6-9 – ISPS Handa Vic Open, 13th Beach GL, Barwon Heads, Australia, $1.1M
Feb. 13-16 – ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Royal Adelaide GC, Adelaide, Australia, $1.3M
Feb. 20-23 – Honda LPGA Thailand, Siam CC, Chonburi, Thailand, $1.6M
Feb. 27-March 1 – HSBC Women’s World Championship, Sentosa GC, Singapore, $1.5M
March 5-8 – Blue Bay LPGA, Jian Lake Blue Bay GC, Hainan Island, China, $2.1M
March 19-22 – Founders Cup, Wildfire GC, Phoenix, $1.5M
March 26-29 – Kia Classic, Aviara GC, Carlsbad, Calif., $1.8M
April 2-5 – ANA Inspiration, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, Calif., $3.1M
April 15-18 – Lotte Championship, Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii, $2M
April 23-26 – Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, Wilshire GC, Los Angeles, $1.5M
April 30-May 3 – LPGA Mediheal Championship, Lake Merced GC, Daly City, Calif., $1.8M
May 14-17 – Pelican Women’s Championship, Pelican GC, Belleair, Fla., $1.75M
May 21-24 – Pure Silk Championship, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va., $1.3M
May 29-31 – ShopRite LPGA Classic, Sea View Dolce Hotel (Bay), Galloway, N.J., $1.75M
June 4-7 – U.S. Women’s Open, Champions GC, Houston, $5.5M**
June 11-14 – Meijer LPGA Classic, Blythefield GC, Grand Rapids, Mich., $2.3M
June 19-21 – Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark., $2.0M
June 25-28 – KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa., $4.3M
July 9-12 – Marathon LPGA Classic, Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, Ohio, $1.85M
July 15-18 – Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Midland (Mich.) CC, $2.3M
July 23-26 – The Evian Championship, Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France, $4.1M
Aug. 13-16 – Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, $1.5M
Aug. 20-23 – AIG Women’s British Open, Royal Troon GC, Troon, Scotland, $4.5M **
Aug. 27-30 – UL International Crown, Centurion Club, St. Albans, England, $1.6M*
Sept. 3-6 – CP Women’s Open, Shaughnessy Golf and CC, Vancouver, Canada, $2.35M
Sept. 10-13 – Cambia Portland Classic, Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore., $1.3M
Oct. 1-4 – Volunteers of America Classic, Old American GC, The Colony, Texas, $1.4M
Oct. 15-18 – Buick LPGA Shanghai, Qizhong Garden GC, Shanghai, $2.1M
Oct. 22-25 – BMW Ladies Championship, LPGA International Busan, Busan, South Korea, $2M
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 – Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA, Miramar Golf and CC, New Taipei City, Taiwan, $2.2M
Nov. 6-8 – Toto Japan Classic, Taiheyo Club (Minori Course), Ibaraki, Japan, $1.5M
Nov. 19-22 – CME Group Tour Championship, Tiburon GC, Naples, Fla., $5M
* — unofficial money
** — to be confirmed