NAPLES, Florida – The LPGA Tour announced on Wednesday that the biggest trial for first place in women’s golf in 2022 will be even bigger. The winner will take home $ 2 million, $ 500,000 more than in this week’s season finale. Anyone who plays their way into the 60-player field earns at least $ 40,000.
The $ 2 million first place prize will be the only event in the US Women’s Open to award winners with $ 2 million in checks. The US Women’s Open, which paid the winner $ 1 million this year, has the second highest prize of the five majors at $ 5.5 million, trailing the AIG Women’s Open’s $ 5.8 million. The Tour Championship price increase comes after the LPGA announced in October that the ANA Inspiration will become the Chevron Championship, with $ 5 million in prize money starting in 2022, up from $ 3.1 million this season.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to the CME Group, under the courageous and visionary leadership of Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy, for helping enable the world’s best women golfers to live their dreams,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan Marcoux Samaan said in a statement, “The Race to the CME Globe and the CME Group Tour Championship have transformed the LPGA since its inception in 2014, women and female golfers in general from around the world.”
The Tour Championship has had an impressive list of winners. All but Charley Hull were the two best players in the world in 2016: Jin Young Ko (2020), Sei Young Kim (2019), Lexi Thompson (2018), Ariya Jutanugarn (2017), Cristie Kerr (2015) and Lydia Ko (2014) .