Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LPGA Announces 2017 Schedule


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Commissioner Michael Whan announced today the 2017 LPGA schedule.

Here are the highlights:

  • There will be four new tournaments (two domestic, two international)
  • Three tournaments have been dropped from the schedule (all domestic)
  • Match Play will once again be part of the LPGA Schedule.
  • The schedule will have 34 official tournaments plus the Solheim Cup.
  • It will have a record $67.35 million in official prize money, with eleven of the official thirty tournaments that are returning having larger purses than in 2016.
  • The U.S. Open will have a purse of $5 million dollars, largest in LPGA history.
The first new LPGA stop debuts when the Tour visits Oneida, Wisconsin July 6-9 for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

The second new event takes place three weeks later, when  the LPGA travels across the pond to play the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, July 27-30 at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland. 

In September, the Tour makes a pit stop in Indianapolis, Indiana for a $2 million purse at the Indy Women in Tech (IWIT) Championship Presented by Guggenheim. Taking place September 7-10, players will compete on the Pete Dye-designed Brickyard Crossing Golf Course that weaves through the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

The fourth and final new tournament, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, will take place September 28-October 1. 

The Coates Golf Championship, in Ocala, Florida, The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, in Daly City, California, and the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, have all been dropped from the schedule.

The 2017 Lorena Ochoa Invitational will be shifted to March instead of November, and be played with a 64-person field at the Club de Golf México in Mexico City. It will be a match play event!


2017 LPGA Tour Season By the Numbers:

201720162011
# of Events353425
# of Official Events343323
Official Money Purses$67.35M$63.10M$41.5M
Events at $2 million16158
Events In North America222315
Events Outside of North America131110

My Summation:

On the positive side:

  • If you are an LPGA fan you have to be happy to see that the number of tournaments has grown significantly since Michael Whan took over as Commissioner.
  • It is also great to see the women playing for record purses. They certainly deserve it!
  • I think we all wanted a match play tournament and now we have one back again.
On the negative side:
  • Losing three domestic events, even though we did get two new ones, is a disappointment. It appears that keeping sponsors for tournaments here in the states will continue to be Mr. Whan's biggest challenge going forward. 


Today's Trivia Question:

What is the longest running non-major LPGA tournament on the 2017 schedule?


For the answer to today's trivia question press here.



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