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LPGA announces 2018 schedule

Written by Terry Lenyk
Brooke Henderson (Golf Canada/ Bernard Brault)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., – The LPGA continues its upward momentum with record prize money and three new events in 2018, setting the stage for another season to remember for the world’s best female golfers.

The 2018 LPGA schedule features 34 events across 14 countries, with a record $68.75 million in prize money.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “There is simply no better Tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

Saskatchewan will host a it’s first LPGA Tour event in 2018, as the CP Women’s Open will be contested August 20-26 at Wascana Country Club in Regina.

Through its CP Has Heart campaign, Canadian Pacific (CP) will once again make a substantial donation to the host community by supporting pediatric cardiology at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2019. In the four years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $6.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada.

After a three-year recruiting process, Wascana Country Club finally earned its opportunity to host the stars of the LPGA Tour after originally submitting a bid back in 2014. The club is one of only four private golf courses in a province that counts 206 total facilities.

The LPGA lost two events for 2018 – the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico and the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada.

The LPGA replaced them with three new tournaments. One will be held in the Los Angeles area on April 19-22 and another at Lake Merced in San Francisco a week later. The other addition is a tournament in Shanghai. That will be played Oct. 18-21 as part of a seven-tournament swing through Asia.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson will have to wait a year to defend her New Zealand Women’s Open title, as the event will take a hiatus for 2018 and move to spring 2019, making a logical pair with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The LPGA Tour expects to have more than 400 hours of U.S. broadcast coverage on Golf Channel and network TV in 2018, with more than 450 hours available in 175 countries around the world. With domestic TV ratings that continue to climb annually, up 19% in 2017, the 2018 season is sure to continue to entertain and inspire golf fans around the globe. Golf Channel will once again broadcast the CP Women’s Open.

Tickets and corporate hospitality opportunities are now available for the 2018 CP Women’s Open by visiting www.cpwomensopen.com.

 

Here’s a look at the 2018 LPGA Schedule as of Dec. 13, 2018. 
(bold = majors; italics = new event; ** = unofficial money)

Date Title Location Purse
Jan. 25-28 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Ocean Club

Paradise Island, Bahamas

$1.4M
Feb. 15-18 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Kooyonga G.C.

Adelaide, Australia

$1.3M
Feb. 21-24 Honda LPGA Thailand Siam C.C.

Chonburi, Thailand

$1.6M
March 1-4 HSBC Women’s World Championship Sentosa G.C.

Singapore

$1.5M
March 15-18 Bank of Hope Founders Cup Wildfire G.C. at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona
$1.5M
March 22-25 Kia Classic Aviara G.C.

Carlsbad, California

$1.8M
March 29 – April 1 ANA Inspiration Mission Hills C.C.

Rancho Mirage, California

$2.8M
April 11-14 LOTTE Championship Ko Olina G.C.

Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

$2M
April 19-22 HUGEL-JTBC Championship Course to be Announced

Greater Los Angeles, California

$1.5M
April 26-29 Name to be Announced Lake Merced G.C.

San Francisco, California

$1.5M
May 3-6 Volunteers of America
LPGA Texas Classic
Old American G.C.

The Colony, Texas

$1.3M
May 17-20 Kingsmill Championship Kingsmill Resort

Williamsburg, Virginia

$1.3M
May 24-27 LPGA Volvik Championship Travis Pointe C.C.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
$1.3M
May 31 – June 3 U.S. Women’s Open Championship conducted by the USGA Shoal Creek

Shoal Creek, Alabama

$5M
June 8-10 ShopRite LPGA Classic
presented by Acer
Stockton Seaview Hotel and G.C. Galloway, New Jersey $1.75M
June 14-17 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Blythefield C.C.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

$2M
June 22-24 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G Pinnacle C.C.

Rogers, Arkansas

$2M
June 28 – July 1 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Kemper Lakes G.C.

Kildeer, Illinois

$3.65M
July 5-8 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Thornberry Creek at Oneida

Oneida, Wisconsin

$2M
July 12-15 Marathon Classic
presented by Owens-Corning and O-I
Highland Meadows G.C.

Sylvania, Ohio

$1.6M
July 26-29 Aberdeen Standard Investments
Ladies Scottish Open
Gullane G.C.

East Lothian, Scotland

$1.5M
Aug. 2-5 Ricoh Women’s British Open Royal Lytham & St Annes

Lancashire, England

$3.25M
Aug. 16-19 Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim Brickyard Crossing G.C.

Indianapolis, Indiana

$2M
Aug. 23-26 CP Women’s Open Wascana C.C.

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

$2.25M
Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 Cambia Portland Classic Columbia Edgewater C.C.

Portland, Oregon

$1.3M
Sept. 13-16 The Evian Championship Evian Resort G.C.

Evian-les-Bains, France

$3.85M
Sept. 27-30 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia TPC Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

$1.8M
Oct. 4-7 UL International Crown Jack Nicklaus G.C. Korea

Incheon, Korea

$1.6M**
Oct. 11-14 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship Sky 72 G.C.

Incheon, Korea

$2M
Oct. 18-21 Name to be Announced Course to be Announced

Shanghai, China

$2.1M
Oct. 25-28 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship Miramar G.C.C.

New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

$2.2M
Nov. 2-4 TOTO Japan Classic Seta G.C.

Shiga, Japan

$1.5M
Nov. 7-10 Blue Bay LPGA Jian Lake Blue Bay G.C.

Hainan Island, China

$2.1M
Nov. 15-18 CME Group Tour Championship Tiburon G.C.

Naples, Florida

$2.5M

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