Golf World Reacts to the LPGA Tour’s Record-Breaking Announcement

Published 11/20/2021, 7:26 AM EST
Jun 27, 2021; John’s Creek, Georgia, USA; Fellow players and friends spray Nelly Korda as she celebrates winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports


The LPGA Tour is breaking all boundaries this year. In a groundbreaking moment for women’s golf, the next season of the tour will return with a purse of nearly $87 million across 34 confirmed events. This is a substantial surge from last year’s $76.4 million purse.

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In addition, a lot of new, impressive, and historic venues have been added to the calendar, including Muirfield and the Congressional Country Club. There have been some considerable increases, like a $2 million for the season finale CME Tour Championships, bringing the figure up to $7 million, the largest in history.

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Mollie Marcoux Samaan, the LPGA Commissioner, said, “The stage is set for 2022 to be one of the most exciting years in the history of the LPGA Tour, with the addition of new events, the largest total purse ever, over 500 hours of broadcast television and a collective commitment to being the leading women’s professional sports property in the world.”

The 2022 LPGA Tour schedule and prize money

Here is the entire list of the schedule for the next year, complete with the dates, locations, and purses.

DateVenueLocationPurse ($)Winner’s share ($)
Jan 20–23Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions Presented by Insurance Office of AmericaFlorida1,200,000180,000
Jan 27–30Gainbridge ChampionshipFlorida2,000,000300,000
Feb 4–6 / 11-13TBDFlorida1,500,000225,000
Mar 3-6HSBC World ChampionshipSingapore1,700,000255,000
Mar 10–13Honda LPGA ThailandThailand1,600,000240,000
Mar 24–27JTBC Classic Presented by the Barbasol CorporationCalifornia1,500,000225,000
Mar 31 – Apr 3Chevron ChampionshipCalifornia5,000,000750,000
Apr 13–16Lotte ChampionshipHawaii2,000,000300,000
Apr 21–24Hugel-Air Premia LA OpenCalifornia1,500,000225,000
Apr 28 – May 1JTBC ChampionshipCalifornia1,500,000225,000
May 12–15Cognizant Founders CupNew Jersey3,000,000450,000
May 25–29Bank of Hope LPGA Match-PlayNevada1,500,000225,000
Jun 2–5U.S. Women’s OpenNorth Carolina5,500,0001,000,000
Jun 10–12ShopRite LPGA ClassicNew Jersey1,750,000262,500
Jun 16–19Meijer LPGA ClassicMichigan2,500,000375,000
Jun 23–26KPMG Women’s PGA ChampionshipMaryland4,500,000675,000
July 13–16Dow Great Lakes Bay InvitationalMichigan2,500,000375,000
(each)
Jul 21–24Evian ChampionshipFrance4,500,000675,000
Jul 28–31Trust Golf Women’s Scottish OpenScotland2,000,000300,000
Aug 4–7AIG Women’s OpenScotland6,800,0001,020,000
Aug 11–14ISPS Handa World InvitationalNorthern Ireland1,500,000225,000
Aug 25–28CP Women’s OpenCanada2,350,000352,500
Sep 1–4Dana Open Presented By MarathonOhio1,750,000262,500
Sep 8–11Kroger Queen City ChampionshipOhio1,750,000262,500
Sep 15–18Portland ClassicOregon1,400,000210,000
Sep 23–25Walmart NW Arkansas ChampionshipArkansas2,300,000345,000
Sep 29 – Oct 2Volunteers of America ClassicTexas1,500,000225,000
Oct 6–9LPGA Mediheal ChampionshipCalifornia1,800,000270,000
Oct 13–16Buick LPGA Shanghai China2,100,000315,000
Oct 20–23BMW Ladies ChampionshipSouth Korea2,000,000300,000
Oct 27–30Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGATaiwan2,200,000330,000
Nov 3–6Toto Japan ClassicJapan2,000,000300,000
Nov 10–13Pelican Women’s ChampionshipFlorida2,000,000300,000
Nov 17–20CME Group Tour ChampionshipFlorida7,000,0002,000,000

What do fans have to say?

Meanwhile, fans on Twitter had varying opinions on this new development. Here are some of the reactions to the same.

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While this is a minuscule amount compared to the PGA Tour, we believe this is just the start. Moreover, as women’s golf slowly gets the recognition it deserves, we will witness much more in the coming years. What do you think?

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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