LPGA 2020 Schedule Includes 33 Tournaments and Record Purses and TV Coverage
Things are looking up for the LPGA in 2020. The combined prize fund for tournaments will be a record $75.1 million across 33 tournaments in 11 countries and regions.
Further, the all-important television coverage has increased to 500 hours, with seven tournaments on network television. Olympic Golf in Japan this next summer will further increase coverage.
The LPGA Major seasons in 2020 begins with the ANA Inspiration, which is celebrating its 49th year on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club. The U.S. Women’s Open will be held at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, while the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be held at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. The final two majors send the LPGA Tour overseas, with the Evian Championship returning to Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bain, France, and the AIG Women’s British Open heading to Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland
The complete LPGA 2020 Schedule follows:
|Jan. 16-19||Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America Four Seasons G. and Sports Club Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Florida||$1.2M|
|Jan. 23-26||Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Boca Rio G.C., Boca Raton, Florida||$2M|
|Feb. 6-9||ISPS Handa Vic Open 13th Beach G.L., Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia||$1.1M|
|Feb. 13-16||ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Royal Adelaide G.C., Adelaide, South Australia, Australia||$1.3M|
|Feb. 20-23||Honda LPGA Thailand Siam C.C. Pattaya (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand||$1.6M|
|Feb. 27 – March 1||HSBC Women’s World Championship Sentosa G.C., Singapore||$1.5M|
|March 5-8||Blue Bay LPGA Jian Lake Blue Bay G.C., Hainan Island, People’s Republic of China||$2.1M|
|March 19-22||Founders Cup Wildfire G.C., Phoenix, Arizona||$1.5M|
|March 26-29||Kia Classic Aviara G.C., Carlsbad, California||$1.8M|
|April 2-5||ANA Inspiration Mission Hills C.C., Rancho Mirage, California||$3.1M|
|April 15-18||LOTTE Championship Ko Olina G.C., Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii||$2M|
|April 23-26||HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open Wilshire G.C., Los Angeles, California||$1.5M|
|April 30 – May 3||LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship Lake Merced G.C., San Francisco, California||$1.8M|
|May 14-17||Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging Pelican G.C., Belleair, Florida||$1.75M|
|May 21-24||Pure Silk Championship Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia||$1.3M|
|May 29-31||ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer Sea View, A Dolce Hotel (Bay Course), Galloway, New Jersey||$1.75M|
|June 4-7||U.S. Women’s Open conducted by the USGA Champions G.C., Houston, Texas||$5.5M**|
|June 11-14||Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Blythefield C.C., Grand Rapids, Michigan||$2.3M|
|June 19-21||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G Pinnacle C.C., Rogers, Arkansas||$2.0M|
|June 25-28||KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Aronimink G.C., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania||$4.3M|
|July 9-12||Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana Highland Meadows G.C., Sylvania, Ohio||$1.85M|
|July 15-18||Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Midland C.C., Midland, Michigan||$2.3M|
|July 23-26||The Evian Championship Evian Resort G.C., Evian-les-Bains, France||$4.1M|
|Aug. 13-16||Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland||$1.5M|
|Aug. 20-23||AIG Women’s British Open Royal Troon G.C., Troon, Scotland||$4.5M**|
|Aug. 27-30||UL International Crown Centurion Club, St Albans, England||$1.6M*|
|Sept. 3-6||CP Women’s Open Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||$2.35M|
|Sept. 10-13||Cambia Portland Classic Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Oregon||$1.3M|
|Oct. 1-4||Volunteers of America Classic Old American G.C., The Colony, Texas||$1.4M|
|Oct. 15-18||Buick LPGA Shanghai Qizhong Garden G.C., Shanghai, People’s Republic of China||$2.1M|
|Oct. 22-25||BMW Ladies Championship LPGA International Busan, Busan, Republic of Korea||$2M|
|Oct. 29 – Nov. 1||Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA Miramar G. and C.C., New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei||$2.2M|
|Nov. 6-8||TOTO Japan Classic Taiheyo Club (Minori Course), Ibaraki, Japan||$1.5M|
|Nov. 19-22||CME Group Tour Championship Tiburon G.C., Naples, Florida||$5M|
“As we close 2019 and move to 2020, I could not be more excited about what the future will bring for the LPGA Tour and the sponsors that support us,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “$75.1 million in total purse. That number is a testament to the support we are receiving from sponsors and industry partners around the globe. As I enter my second decade as commissioner, we find ourselves in a new phase of the LPGA Tour. We’ve grown, but now we must flourish. We talk a lot about the next generation, but we will lift THIS generation. I know a lot of our fans understand the difference we are making for women’s golf in America, but they might be surprised to know about the impact our Tour is having all around the globe.”
The largest purse increase for the LPGA 2020 Schedule comes at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The purse for the season’s third major championship will grow to $4.3 million, up $450,000 from 2019. Additionally, the purse at the ANA Inspiration, traditionally the first major of each professional golf season, will increase to $3.1 million, up $100,000 from 2019 and the sixth consecutive year with a purse increase since ANA assumed title sponsorship in 2015.
Other purses increasing on the LPGA 2020 schedule are the CP Women’s Open ($2.35 million, up $100,000), the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give ($2.3 million, up $300,000), the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational ($2.3 million, up $300,000), the Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana ($1.85 million, up $100,000) and the Volunteers of America Classic ($1.4 million, up $100,000).
The 2020 UL International Crown will be held Aug. 27-30 at Centurion Club, located outside of London, England. Spain won the inaugural competition in 2014, with the United States winning in 2016 and the Republic of Korea winning in 2018.
The Symetra Tour, which is celebrating its 40th, season, is still finalizing a schedule that will include at least 20 events for players on the LPGA Tour’s Official Qualifying Tour. Earlier this year, the Symetra Tour announced that the Circling Raven Championship, the first new event of the 2020 campaign, will be held at Circling Raven Golf Club at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel in Worley, Idaho. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to a record $4 million awarded over the course of 23 tournaments in 2019.
2020 will see a date change for the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank. After three years in October, the tournament will move to July 30-Aug. 1, but will remain at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick (Ind.) Resort. Additionally, the LPGA’s Q-Series presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the two-week qualifying tournament that replaced Stage III of Q School, will be held Oct. 19-31 in Pinehurst, N.C., while the LPGA T&CP National Championship will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at Reynolds Lake Oconee Golf Course in Greensboro, Ga.