LPGA 2024 Schedule Continues Upward Trend
The upward trajectory of the LPGA continues, with 35 events on the 2024 schedule combining for more than $118 million in prize money.
The prize total is up $70 million from 2021, representing a 69% increase.
Four events have elevated their prize total to $3 million, including the Meijer LPGA in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Mizuho Americas Open, the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the LOTTE Championship.
The CME Group Tour Championship’s purse will increase from $7M to $11M.
That’s quite significant. Kudos to CME Group, Meijer, Mizuho, Walmart, P&G and Lotte.
The Women’s US Open is up to $11 million. However, last year, the US Open was $20 million for the men. The USGA has some more equalizing to do. A nonprofit that is the steward of our national title should not discriminate.
Two LPGA tournaments are held in Michigan: the Meijer LPGA for Simply Give in Grand Rapids on June 13 – 16; and the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland from June 27 – 30.
The Dow Great Lakes Bay also has a $3 million prize fund.
Close to Michigan, the Dana Open For Children (formerly the “Jamie Farr”) is in Sylvania, Ohio July 18 – 21.
If you have not been to an LPGA tournament, I recommend a trip. You’ll be in for an enjoyable and relaxing day.
The full press release is below:
LPGA Tour Announces Record-Breaking 2024 Schedule
World’s best golfers to compete for more than $118 million in prize money, the most in Tour history
NAPLES, Fla., Nov. 16, 2023 – Following yet another historic year for the world’s longest-running women’s sports organization, the LPGA Tour announced today that the 2024 schedule will include 35 events (33 official events) with the world’s best golfers competing for a total prize fund of more than $118 million, with $116.55 million in official money. The 2024 total prize fund represents the highest ever in Tour history, up from approximately $70 million in 2021, a 69% increase.
“The 2024 LPGA Tour schedule reflects our historic growth,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “With new events and improved geographic flow, enhancing the athlete experience, our global reach and competitiveness have never been stronger. As we embark on this season, we celebrate the remarkable journey of women’s golf, anticipating thrilling competition and unforgettable moments for fans worldwide.”
The global schedule will take the LPGA Tour to 15 states in the United States and 10 countries, including two multi-event swings in Asia between February and March and again in October. The year will feature three new events – the previously announced LPGA Drive On Championship in Bradenton, Fla., in January and the FM Global Championship in Norton, Mass., in September along with the Arizona Championship presented by JTBC next March. Also, Seri Pak joins major champions Michelle Wie West (Mizuho Americas Open) and Annika Sorenstam (The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican) as an LPGA Tour event host, adding her moniker to the Seri Pak LA Open to be played at Palos Verdes Golf Club in California.
The schedule features a record 16 tournaments with purses of at least $3 million, including 10 non-major and non-Tour Championship events (an increase from four in 2023 and only one in 2021). To date, the four tournaments to elevate their purse size to $3 million in 2024 are the Mizuho Americas Open ($2.75M to $3M), the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give ($2.5M to $3M), the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G ($2.3M to $3M) and the LOTTE Championship ($2M to $3M), which will be contested in November for the first time. The CME Group Tour Championship’s purse saw the biggest increase, from $7M to $11M, which was announced earlier this week.
So far, a total of 10 events have announced elevated purses for next year, including the Seri Pak LA Open ($1.75M to $2M), the LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek ($1.5M to $2M), the Portland Classic ($1.5M to $1.75M), and the CPKC Women’s Open ($2.5M to $2.6M).
Additional purse increases are expected to be announced throughout the season, building on the historic growth the Tour has seen over recent years. Since 2021, prize funds for the non-major and non-Tour Championship tournaments have grown 61%, with major championship purses up 78% over that period. The schedule also features 19 events with either travel stipends for athletes or guaranteed minimum payouts.
The LPGA Tour major championship season kicks off this April in The Woodlands, Texas, at The Club at Carlton Woods for The Chevron Championship, followed by the U.S. Women’s Open in May at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania, where In Gee Chun first broke onto the scene with her 2015 victory. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will take place outside Seattle at Sahalee Country Club in June, the site of Brooke Henderson’s maiden major win in 2016. The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club in France, where countrywoman Celine Boutier raised her first major trophy in 2023, is back in July, and the Tour returns to the famed Old Course at St Andrews – the home of golf – for the AIG Women’s Open, the third time the iconic course has hosted the championship.
LPGA Tour athletes will have the opportunity to compete for their home countries between the Portland Classic and Women’s Scottish Open at the 2024 Paris Olympics, which will feature a women’s golf competition for the third-straight Games at Le Golf National from Aug. 8-11, three years removed from Nelly Korda’s gold-medal performance in Tokyo. Qualifying for the 60-player field ends following the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 24, 2024), with the top-15 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings automatically qualifying for the Games (no more than four players per country), and the remaining sports awarded to the highest-ranked players from countries that do not already have two qualified players.
A year after a dramatic showdown between the United States and Europe that led to the first tie in its history, the Solheim Cup marks its return to the United States at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va. next September as the U.S. Team looks to win back the Cup on home soil for the first time since 2017. The Grant Thornton Invitational, where LPGA and PGA TOUR players will team up and compete for a combined $4 million purse, will round out the year in December in Naples, Fla.
There will also be increased network television broadcast opportunities, up from 10 in 2023. ESPN+ will also add featured group coverage to four events, which includes the 2024 CME Group Tour Championship. The other three tournaments will be announced next year. The newly inked deal with ESPN+ will also extend through 2025.
2024 LPGA Tour Schedule
(Bold = major, ** = to be confirmed)
|Jan. 18-21||Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida||$1.5M|
|Jan. 25-28||LPGA Drive On Championship Bradenton Country Club in Bradenton, Florida||$1.75M|
|Feb. 22-25||Honda LPGA Thailand Siam Country Club (Old Course) in Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand||$1.7M|
|Feb. 29-March 3||HSBC Women’s World Championship Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore||$1.8M|
|March 7-10||Blue Bay LPGA Jian Lake Blue Bay GC in Hainan Island, People’s Rep. of China||$2.2M|
|March 21-24||Seri Pak LA Open Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, California||$2M|
|March 28-31||Arizona Championship presented by JTBCTBD in Phoenix, Arizona||$2M|
|April 3-7||LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada||$2M|
|April 18-21||The Chevron Championship The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas||$5.2M**|
|April 25-28||JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro Wilshire Golf Club in Los Angeles, California||$3M|
|May 9-12||Cognizant Founders Cup Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey||$3M|
|May 16-19||Mizuho Americas Open Liberty National GC in Jersey City, New Jersey||$3M|
|May 30-June 2||U.S. Women’s Open Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania||$11M**|
|June 7-9||ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer Seaview, A Dolce Hotel (Bay Course) in Galloway, New Jersey||$1.75M|
|June 13-16||Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan||$3M|
|June 20-23||KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington||$10M**|
|June 27-30||Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan||$3M|
|July 11-14||Amundi Evian Championship Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France||$6.5M**|
|July 18-21||Dana Open for Children Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio||$1.75M|
|July 25-28||CPKC Women’s Open Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada||$2.6M|
|Aug. 1-4||Portland Classic Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon||$1.75M|
|Aug. 8-11||2024 Paris Olympics Le Golf National in Paris, France||—|
|Aug. 15-18||Women’s Scottish Open TBD in Scotland||$2M|
|Aug. 22-25||AIG Women’s Open St Andrews (Old Course) in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland||$9M**|
|Aug. 29-Sept. 1||FM Global Championship TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts||$3.5M|
|Sept. 13-15||Solheim Cup Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia||—|
|Sept. 19-22||Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G TBD in Cincinnati, Ohio||$2M|
|Sept. 27-29||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas||$3M|
|Oct. 10-13||Buick LPGA ShanghaiQizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai, People’s Rep. of China||$2.1M|
|Oct. 17-20||BMW Ladies Championship TBD in Republic of Korea||$2.2M|
|Oct. 24-27||Maybank Championship Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||$3M|
|Oct. 31-Nov. 3||TOTO Japan Classic Seta Golf Course in Shiga, Japan||$2M|
|Nov. 6-9||LOTTE Championship Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii||$3M|
|Nov. 14-17||The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida||$3.25M|
|Nov. 21-24||CME Group Tour ChampionshipTiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida||$11M|
|Dec. 13-15||Grant Thornton Invitational Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida||$2M|