CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ariya Jutanugarn, Lexi Thompson and Brooke Henderson are among those in the field at the LPGA Tour’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions 2019 this week in Florida. Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and former General Manager John Hart are in the celebrity portion of the event.
DIAMOND RESORTS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Site: Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Course: Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando. Yardage: 6,645. Par: 71.
Purse: $1.2 million. Winner’s share: $180,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, noon to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 2-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-5 p.m. (NBC Sports).
Defending champion: New tournament.
Race to CME Globe winner: Ariya Jutanugarn.
Notes: The LPGA Tour opens its season in Florida for the first time since 2015. … This tournament is limited to 2017 and 2018 winners. … Ariya Jutanugarn (No. 1) and Lexi Thompson (No. 5) are the only ones from the top five in the world ranking in the 26-player field. … After this week, the LPGA Tour will not return to the U.S. until March 21-24 in Arizona. … More than half the field is from outside the U.S. … Players will compete alongside entertainers, celebrities and athletes. The 49 celebrities will play for $500,000 using the modified Stableford scoring system. … Among those scheduled to play are former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer. … Jutanugarn starts the year with new caddie Daniel Taylor, who worked for Pernilla Lindberg, his fiance.
Next tournament: Vic Open on Feb. 7-10.
(Fact box from Associated Press.)