LPGA comes out of pandemic strong with 34-event schedule

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NAPLES, Fla. (Globe Live Media) – LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Vaughan no longer measures success by making it to the end of the year interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They released a schedule of 2021 on Friday, in which the LPGA Tour was stronger than ever.

The LPGA Tour has added two tournaments and had to be canceled due to the closure.

Whan left little wiggle room in Florida for more interruptions with the schedule starting Jan. 21 and ending 10 months later with frequent events in Florida. The first seven tournaments all take place in the United States, with the Asia Swings running in the spring.

The 34 official programs offer $ 76.45 million in prize money. The largest purse is $ 5.5 million in the first week in June for the US Women’s Open at the Olympic Club, while the largest payout is the CME Group Tour Championship, which typically awards the winner $ 1.5 million.

“We are reiterating the momentum that we had in early 2020 and we are excited about our future, which will include news from new title sponsors and many important purses to grow.”

The LPGA announced the 34-tournament a year ago. The LPGA Tour was called off in just four tournaments before the season. It did not resume until late July, with two additional events using the “Drive On” theme to fill some gaps.

The inaugural event is the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on January 21-24 in Orlando. A month later, instead of heading to Australia and Asia, the tour will have consecutive weeks in Florida before heading west for the Kia Classic north of San Diego, with ANA Inspire its first major in the California desert. After a week break during the Masters, the LPGA begins with events in Hawaii and Los Angeles before moving to Asia for three weeks.

Vaughan hopes that there will be enough time to relax travel restrictions to take the events of Asia three months behind.

The US Women’s Open goes to the Olympic Club in San Francisco for the first time, while the Women’s PGA Championship will take place at an Atlanta athletic club and the Women’s British Open Carnetti.

The Founders’ Cup is leaving Arizona for the first time in its 10-year history at Mountain Ridge Country Club in northern New Jersey. The LPGA has added a match play event and an event that will be co-cleared with the Ladies European Tour. Details on new events have not been announced.

Asia has three consecutive events in May and three more in October. There is also an extension of LPGA Golf for a month in Europe, with two big companies (Avian and Women’s British Open) as well as a new tournament with the Ladies Scottish Open and LeT.

The event includes the Sixteen Cup over Labor Day weekend to be held at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.