Fresh off being named the Tournament of the Year at the LPGA Tour’s partner meetings, the CP Women’s Open is part of a record-breaking 2023 schedule for the best female golfers in the world.
Announced November 18th, golfers on the LPGA Tour will compete for more than $101 million (U.S.) in official prize money next year – the highest total in the Tour’s history.
There will be 33 official events next year, along with the biennial playings of the Solheim Cup and the Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown.
“Because of our athletes, partners, volunteers and incredible fans, 2023 will be a banner year for the LPGA Tour,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “The schedule features new events, elevated purses, unique formats and world-class golf courses. Our athletes are playing for more total prize money than any time in history, and we have over 500 hours of broadcast television. All those things combine to make the LPGA the leading women’s professional sports property in the world.
The LPGA Tour will have tournaments contested in 11 U.S. states and 12 countries and regions.
The season kicks off January 19th in Orlando with the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions and will once again conclude with the CME Group Tour Championship – where the first-place prize remains $2 million, the biggest in women’s golf. The penultimate event of the season will also take place in Southwest Florida, but will, starting in 2023, be called The ANNIKA – named after Annika Sorenstam, arguably the most dominant female golfer of all time.
There are two Asia swings, three trips to California, and four events in New Jersey.
“The LPGA Tour has never had better or more committed partners who see the commercial value in investing in women’s sports and who understand how their partnerships elevate women and girls on and off the golf course. As the home to the world’s best female golfers, the LPGA provides a platform to inspire young girls and women to dream big,” said Marcoux Samaan.
The CP Women’s Open – which also won ‘Best Community and Charity Engagement’ effort and ‘Best Sponsor Activation’ at the LPGA Tour’s annual partner awards – will return to the schedule Aug. 24-27 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. Shaughnessy was originally scheduled to play host to CP Women’s Open in 2020 and then 2021, before it pivoted with Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club this year.
“This award is a true reflection of the hard work and collaboration from all groups and stakeholders involved with the CP Women’s Open,” said Tournament Director Ryan Paul. “Thanks to tremendous support from fans, players, volunteers, corporate partners and our host club, the 2022 CP Women’s Open was a resounding success and it is rewarding to be recognized with these significant awards.”
Next year’s CP Women’s Open will mark the sixth time British Columbia has hosted Canada’s Women’s Open Championship. The last time was in 2015 at The Vancouver Golf Club, where Lydia Ko won her third CP Women’s Open title.
The major championship schedule for next year features events at some of the most storied layouts in the game.
Starting with The Chevron Championship – which pivots to The Club at Carlton Woods in Texas for the first time – the LPGA Tour will then play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open presented by ProMedica back-to-back, with a week off in between. The Women’s PGA Championship, won by Brooke Henderson in 2016, will be contested at Baltusrol Golf Club, while the U.S. Women’s Open will head to the iconic Pebble Beach.
Brooke will defend her Amundi Evian Championship title July 27-30 at the Evian Resort, while the AIG Women’s Open will be played at Walton Heath’s Old Course in Surrey, England.
With great courses, huge purses, and plenty of opportunity for drama, the 2023 LPGA Tour schedule is set to be an exciting one.