Long considered the biggest event in women’s golf, the US Women’s Open now has cash prizes and future venues to match.
The US Golf Association (USGA) announced Friday that the stock market will almost double this year to $ 10 million, by far the richest in women’s golf and the best prizes in women’s sport.
The purse was $ 5.5 million when Yuka Saso won at the Olympic club last year.
The USGA helped make this possible with a major sponsor, PreMedica, an Ohio-based nonprofit integrated health organization serving 28 states.
With support from ProMedica, the US Women’s Open purse is expected to grow to $ 11 million and possibly $ 12 million over the next five years.
Along with a huge cash win, the USGA is sending women to some of the classic US Open models that have been welcoming men for decades. This list includes a return to Oakmont and Pinehurst # 2, as well as Riviera, Oakland Hills, Merion, Inverness and Interlachen.
The USGA said Pinehurst would host the Men’s and Women’s Open over the following weeks in 2029, just like on her very successful debut in 2014. Martin Kaymer won the US Open and Michelle Wie won her first major in the US Women’s Open the following week.
This is the USGA’s first major initiative since Mike Whan, the former Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) circuit commissioner, took over as CEO last summer.
“The USGA is proud to host championships that not only provide an incredible stage for athletes, but also give young players something to dream of,” said Whan. “For over 75 years, the US Women’s Open has been the one every little girl, in every country of the world, dreams of winning.
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