After an unprecedented season interrupted by COVID-19, the LPGA Tour is primed to make an impressive return to action in 2021.
The Tour announced that all of the events that were postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic will return to the schedule in 2021, including the CP Women’s Open.
In all, 34 official events across North America, Europe, and Asia are on the schedule. Two new events have been added to the tournament calendar and golfers will compete for a record $76.45-million in prize money.
“We can all agree that 2020, while certainly not the 70th anniversary year that we expected, was a year that we will never forget,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “As we look back at the year, I am amazed at how our partnerships have actually grown during this trying time, and how the LPGA staff was able to return all three Tours to play in summer 2020. We actually added sponsorship sales in 2020 in the form of new title partners and new marketing partners, and we proved that professional golf could be played safely for all involved.
“As we look to 2021, we are recapturing the momentum that we had at the beginning of 2020 and we are excited about our future, which will include news of new title sponsors and several significant purse increases.”
The CP Women’s Open, won by our Athlete Brooke Henderson in 2018, is scheduled for Aug. 26-29 at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club with a purse of $2.35-million (increased from $2.25-million in 2019).
The only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour comes at a busy time of the year for the best players in the world.
Golfers will travel to Canada directly from Scotland after competing in the AIG Women’s Open (which was cancelled in 2020, the only major on the schedule not to be played). Immediately following the CP Women’s Open will be the Solheim Cup, a bi-annual competition that pits the best golfers from Europe against an American squad. The CP Women’s Open also takes place just three weeks after the Olympic competition.
Other than the AIG Women’s Open, the other four majors are scheduled as follows: the ANA Inspiration (Rancho Mirage) is set for April 1-4, the U.S. Women’s Open (San Francisco) is set for June 3-6, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (which Brooke Henderson won in 2016 and is set to take place in Atlanta) is set for June 24-27, and The Evian Championship (Evian-les-Baines, France) is set for July 22-25.
Of note, there are a couple of new events added to the schedule for 2021 including a new match-play event set to take place in the U.S. in late May. The LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour are also hosting a joint sanctioned event in Europe (alongside the men’s European Tour) at the end of July.
“There’s a lot there to be excited about, and at the end of the day I’m just excited to know that each year we have announced bigger and better,” said Whan. “This is a year in which two things are true: golf won as well as Women’s sports. Viewership of golf is up compared to most other sports.”
The season kicks off at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions near Orlando Jan. 21-24. The Tour then takes a pause until the end of February for the Gainbridge Championship before things really get ramped up in early March.