The LPGA will have a brand new season opener in 2019. The LPGA announced today that the 2019 season will kick off with the playing of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. It will be held January 17-20 at the Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, in Lake Bueno Vista, Fla.
The field will be made up of winners from the last two LPGA seasons, 45 celebrities and fan favorites and 10 amateurs.
Thus far, 24 LPGA pros have already qualified for the event as winners in 2017 and ’18: Brittany Lincicome, Jin Young Ko, Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Eun Hee Ji, Ariya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim, Sei Young Kim, Katherine Kirk, Mi Hyang Lee, Mirim Lee, Stacy Lewis, Haru Nomura, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson and Amy Yang.
In addition to winners from the previous two years, a number of sponsor exemptions will be selected by Diamond Resorts from all LPGA Tour winners. LPGA professionals will play 72 holes of stroke play with no cut, while the amateurs will compete using a Modified Stableford scoring format.
“We are so excited to join Diamond Resorts, Golf Channel and NBC to deliver a truly spectacular Tournament of Champions,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This will be an experience like none other on our Tour, and it will be revered as a great reward for LPGA players who play well enough to make it into the winner’s circle every year!”
This event will be televised by Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday, and then move to NBC on Saturday and Sunday, preceded by an hour-long Golf Channel lead-in.
The LPGA players will compete for a $1.2 million purse, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse.