2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Preview

2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview
2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Preview

2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Preview

Dates: June 20 – 23, 2019
Where: Chaska, Minnesota
Course: Hazeltine National Golf Club, 36-36–72, 6,807 yards
Field size: 156
2018 champion: Sung Hyung Park
Purse: $3.85 Million ($577,500/winner) 
Format: 72-hole stroke play

KMPG Women’s PGA Championship TV Times

TV TIMES (all times Eastern)
Thursday, June 20 – 6-9 p.m. on Golf Channel
Friday, June 21 – 6-9 p.m. on Golf Channel
Saturday, June 22 – 3-6 p.m. on NBC
Sunday, June 23 – 3-6 p.m. on NBC

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Celebrates Five Years

The partnership between the LPGA, the PGA of America and KPMG launched in 2014 and has significantly elevated the status of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. In addition, the partnership focuses on developing, advancing and empowering women on and off the golf course. to develop, advance and empower women on and off the golf course with events such as the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program.

How The 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Was Won

In 2018, Sung Hyun Park outlasted a three-person playoff, defeating So Yeon Ryu and Nasa Hataoka on the second extra hole to win her second major title and fourth career victory on the LPGA Tour. Park rolled in birdie putts on both playoff holes, the second one dropping in at the par 4, 16th hole.

Hazeltine Sets The Stage For Major Championship Moments

Major championship golf returns to Minnesota this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Hazeltine’s championships include

  • 2016 Ryder Cup
  • 2002, 2009 PGA Championships
  • 1970, 1991 US Open
  • 1966, 1977 US Women’s Open
  • 1983 US Senior Open
  • 2006 US Amateur
  • 1999 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Championship

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Boasts Impressive Field

The 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will again deliver one of the strongest fields in women’s golf, with 99 of the top 100 active members on the LPGA Official Money List.

Defending Champion Sung Hyun Park is joined by eight past Women’s PGA Champions: Laura Davies (1994, 1996); Karrie Webb (2001); Anna Nordqvist (2009); Cristie Kerr (2010); Shanshan Feng (2012); Inbee Park (2013, ’14, ’15); Brooke Henderson (2016) and Danielle Kang (2017). 

Henderson captured last weekend’s Meijer LPGA Classic, which was her ninth career Tour victory. It made her the winningest Canadian golfer on either the PGA or LPGA Tours. 

There are 29 Major Champions, who own a combined 52 major titles, in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship field: Na Yeon Choi; In Gee Chun; Paula Creamer; Laura Davies; Shanshan Feng; Georgia Hall; Brooke Henderson; Eun Hee Ji; Ariya Jutanugarn; Danielle Kang; Cristie Kerr; Hyo Joo Kim; In-Kyung Kim; Jin Young Ko; Lydia Ko; Brittany Lang; Stacy Lewis; Pernilla Lindberg; Jeongeun Lee6; Catriona Matthew; Anna Nordqvist; Inbee Park; Sung Hyun Park; Morgan Pressel; So Yeon Ryu; Angela Stanford; Lexi Thompson; Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie.

Women’s Majors Are Highly Competitive

Dating to the 2017 Ricoh British Women’s Open, nine different players have won the LPGA’s nine major championships played. Six of the nine were first-time major champions. 

1Jeongeun Lee62019 U.S. Women’s Open
2Jin Young Ko2019 ANA Inspiration
3Angela Stanford2018 The Evian Championship
4Georgia Hall2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open
5Sung Hyun Park2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
6Ariya Jutanugarn2018 U.S. Women’s Open
7Pernilla Lindberg2018 ANA Inspiration
8Anna Nordqvist2017 The Evian Championship
9In-Kyung Kim2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open

Last Five Champions and Runners Up

  • 2018: Sung Hyun Park, 278 (-10); defeated So Yeon Ryu with birdie on the second extra hole, Nasa Hataoka eliminated with par on the first playoff hole
  • 2017: Danielle Kang, 271 (-13); Brooke Henderson, 272 (-12)
  • 2016: Brooke Henderson, 278 (-6); defeated Lydia Ko with birdie on first playoff hole
  • 2015: Inbee Park, 273 (-19); Sei Young Kim, 278 (-14)
  • 2014: Inbee Park, 277 (-11); defeated Brittany Lincicome with par on first playoff hole

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Tournament Records

  • 18 holes: 63, Patty Sheehan, third round, 1984; Meg Mallon, third round, 1999; Kelly Shon, second round, 2017
  • 36 holes: 131, Karrie Webb, 2001
  • 54 holes: 199, Annika Sorenstam, 2004
  • 72 holes: 267 (-17), Betsy King, 1992

The KPMG Future Leaders Program

“It’s so hard to believe this is the fifth year,” Lynne Doughtie, U.S. Chairman and CEO, KPMG, said during a ‘Celebrating 5 Years’ press conference at Hazeltine National on Tuesday. “For KPMG, this was really all about our desire to develop and advance and empower women, and to be able to use the platform of golf to do that where we could elevate women on and off the golf course. It was just a perfect combination and this has definitely been a team effort with the PGA of America and the LPGA to bring together something that is an amazing championship but also so much more than that.

“Tomorrow we’re transforming the pavilion into the Women’s Leadership Summit where we bring together 300 women who have been hand-picked by their CEOs from some of the leading organizations in the world to help them get to the C-suite, and also do it as part of golf. And then the most special part of all of what we do, and I’m looking at them right now, these amazing young women who are part of the KPMG Future Leaders Program where we’re able to pay it forwards and use the proceeds of everything we’re doing here to give these amazing young women the opportunity with college scholarships … so, putting all of that together I think we have a lot, all of us, to be proud of when we look back at some of those initial conversations five years ago.”

The Women’s Leadership Summit brings together leaders in business, politics, sports and the media to inspire the next generation of women leaders.

  • KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie
  • Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Mia Hamm
  • Cathy Bessant – Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America
  • Brian Cornell – Chairman & CEO, Target
  • Peter Grauer – Chairman, Bloomberg
  • Alison Levine – New York Times Bestselling Author & Leadership Advisor
  • Suzy Whaley – President, PGA of America. 

Net proceeds from the Championship and Summit fund the KPMG Future Leaders Program.  This Program affords top female high school seniors across the country the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through college scholarships, a leadership development retreat at Stanford University, a mentoring relationship with a woman business leader, and an introduction to golf.

For PGA of America President Suzy Whaley, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is all about giving the game’s best female players the opportunity to shine on the grandest stage possible – classic U.S. courses such as Hazeltine this week, Aronimink in 2020 and Congressional in 2022. “We all wanted to showcase the best females athletes in the world in a way that they deserve on network television, on championship venues that typically only hosted male championships,” Whaley said. “We wanted to deliver an experience to them that was tremendous but also to showcase women’s golf in a way that compelled others to play the game. We wanted to invite others to play the game and do it through watching amazing worldly role models on the LPGA Tour, and we’re thrilled to be part of that. When I lift that trophy on Sunday in honor of the 2019 champion, it’s really in honor of all the women that play on this Tour that represent the game of golf in such an incredible way.”

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Preview is via LPGA and PGA of America

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