LPGA Pro Receives Massive Support in Her Protest Against Prize Money Inequality in Women’s Golf

Published 09/06/2021, 8:35 AM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Toledo, Ohio, USA; Nelly Korda of Team USA tees off on the second hole during the final practice round of the 2021 Solheim Cup at Inverness Club. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020-21 PGA Tour season just concluded with the 2021 Tour Championship. Meanwhile, the LPGA season will stretch till November 21, with the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. While both the men’s and women’s tours have similar number of events, there seems to be a huge gap when it comes to prize money. 

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The PGA Tour offers lucrative prize money figures to its golfers, while the LPGA falls short in that category. For instance, the winner of the Tour Championship in men’s golfer will take home $15 million, while in the women’s game, the champion’s payout is just $1.5 million. There is a massive gap between these two prize money payouts. 

LPGA Tour Pro voices out against prize money inequality in golf

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The 2021 Tour Championship pulled the curtain on the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. The event was played at East Lake Golf Club where Patrick Cantlay took home his first-ever FedExCup trophy. Of course, the scenes were grand, but they also shed light on the massive inequality that exists between men’s and women’s golf. 

Former Golf Channel reporter Lisa Cornwell shared a staggering post about the Tour Championship prize money. However, she put it in direct comparison with how male golfers dominate career earnings ahead of female golfers. 

Patrick Cantlay took home a $15 million bonus for winning the Tour Championship. Annika Sorenstam, meanwhile, has made $22,577,025 through career earnings. There’s roughly a $7m gap between what Cantlay earned in one tournament versus what Sorenstam earned in her entire career. 

This obviously implies that there is a huge gender inequality when it comes to prize money. Eight-time LPGA winner Brittany Lincicome vented her frustration over this through a strong tweet. She called for a change, to which a lot of Twitter fans expressed their support as well as an explanation. 

 Twitter comes to the aid of women’s golf

The major reason why men’s golf tournaments offer lucrative prize purses is that they have a lot of sponsors. That is not the case with the LPGA or any other women’s tour, but it’s high time that it changes. 

A lot of them were calling for sponsors to wake up and generate interest in women’s golf. A small portion of fans were persistent that the LPGA does not generate similar revenue as the PGA Tour and hence the huge difference.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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