LPGA Tour: Chevron replaces ANA as the opening women’s main sponsor and increases the prize purse

Source: Skysports

LPGA Tour: The Chevron Championship, previously known as the ANA Inspiration, will start off the 2022 women’s major golf season; the tournament prize money will grow from $3.1 million to $5 million beginning next year.

The first women’s major of the year will have a new sponsor and its prize fund will grow by more than 60% starting next season.

As part of a six-year agreement with the LPGA Tour, the event, previously known as the ANA Inspiration and the first of five women’s majors in the calendar year, will now be renamed as The Chevron Championship.

The prize pool will increase from $3.1 million to $5 million, and the event will return to its usual location at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, from March 31 to April 3, 2022.

Tournament officials intend to shift the tournament from 2023 to a later date in the spring and to a new venue, most likely in the Houston area, with the next host course to be announced in the coming months.

“Adding another leading global company to our portfolio of sponsors that believes in the power of the LPGA to inspire women leaders, showcase human performance at the highest level, and highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in all facets of life,” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan, LPGA Commissioner.

As part of the arrangement, the major will include a unique Player Advisory Board to help guarantee that the event supports and attracts the top LPGA Tour players, and they will be at the core of the Championship’s future goals and developments.

Lydia Ko, the 2016 Chevron Championship winner and a Player Director on the LPGA Board of Directors, stated: “The support of a worldwide brand like Chevron for women’s golf is incredibly exciting for everyone engaged with the LPGA. Their ambitions to build this major in collaboration with the LPGA and IMG are fantastic for the future of our Tour.”

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