Saturday, November 21, 2015

LPGA Announces 2016 Schedule


Commissioner Michael Whan unveiled the 2016 LPGA schedule Friday, and continued its current trend of upward momentum.


The schedule will begin January 25th at the Pure Silk-Bahamas Classic and end November 20th at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla.




Here are the highlights:

1- There will be 34 tournaments, including the International Crown. That is two more events than there was in 2015. Notably, the LPGA is not losing a single tournament that was played in 2015. Added to the schedule this year is the new LPGA Volvic Classic, that will be played in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The second addition to the schedule is the return of the former Reignwood Classic, in China.

2- A new record $63.1 million in prize money. That is up 4 million from 2015.

3- Television coverage has been significantly upped from this year, and 6 events in 2016 will benefit from  network TV broadcasting in the United States over the weekend.

4- Because of the Olympic games, the LPGA will be dark from the completion of the British Open on July 31st, until the Canadian Pacific Open which begins on August 22. To make that work, the LPGA will be playing 11 consecutive weeks leading up to the Olympics.

5- The tour renewed 11 sponsor titles this year, including Kia Motors who announced an extension of the Kia classic through 2018. A three year extension of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore was also announced two weeks ago.

6- To top it all off, Mr Whan announced a brand new tournament in 2017! The LPGA will be heading to Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Oneida Nation LPGA Classic will be played at Thornberry Creek, a golf course owed by the Oneida Nation on the Oneida Reservation. This will be a full 144 player field with a purse of $2,000,000.

Here is the 2016 LPGA Schedule:

Jan. 28-31: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Paradise Island, Bahamas, $1.4 million (+$100,000 over 2015)
Feb. 3-6: Coates Golf Championship, Ocala, Fla., $1.5 million
Feb. 18-21: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Adelaide, Australia, $1.2 million (+$100,000)
Feb. 25-28: Honda LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand, $1.5 million (+$100,000)
March 3-6: HSBC Women’s Champions, Singapore, $1.4 million (+$100,000)
March 17-20: JTBC Founders Cup, Phoenix, Ariz., $1.5 million
March 24-27: Kia Classic, Carlsbad, Calif., $1.7 million
March 30-April 3: ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage, Calif., $2.5 million (+$100,000)
April 13-16: Lotte Championship pres. by Hershey, Oahu, Hawaii, $1.8 million
April 21-24: Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, San Francisco, Calif., $2.0 million
April 28-May 1: Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, Irving, Texas, $1.3 million
May 5-8: Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, Prattville, Ala., $1.3 million
May 19-22: Kingsmill Championship, Williamsburg, Va., $1.3 million

May 26-29: LPGA Volvik Championship, Ann Arbor, Mich., $1.3 million (NEW)
June 3-5: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Galloway, N.J., $1.5 million
June 11-14: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Sammamish, Wash., $3.5 million
June 16-19: Meijer LPGA Classic, Belmont, Mich., $2 million (+$200,000)
June 23-26: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Rogers, Ark., $2 million
June 30-July 3: Cambia Portland Classic, Portland, Ore., $1.3 million
July 7-10: U.S. Women’s Open, San Martin, Calif., $4 million
July 14-17: Marathon Classic, Sylvania, Ohio, $1.5 million
July 21-24: UL International Crown, Chicago, Ill.
July 28-31: Ricoh Women’s British Open, Milton Keynes, England, $3 million
Aug. 18-21: Olympic Women’s Golf Tournament, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aug. 25-28: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Calgary, Canada, $2.25 million
Sept. 1-4: Manulife LPGA Classic, Cambridge, Ontario, $1.6 million (+$100,000)
Sept. 10-13: The Evian Championship, Evian-les-Bains, France, $3.25 million
Sept. 29-Oct. 2: China, TBD, $2.1 million (NEW)
Oct. 6-9: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, $2 million
Oct. 13-16: LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, Incheon, South Korea, $2 million
Oct. 20-23: Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, Taipei, Taiwan, $2 million
Oct. 27-30: Blue Bay LPGA, Hainan Island, China, $2 million
Nov. 3-6: Toto Japan Classic, Shima-Shi, Japan, $1.5 million (+$200,000)
Nov. 10-13: Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Mexico City, $1 million
Nov. 17-20: CME Group Tour Championship, Naples, Fla., $2 million

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