LPGA’s Gals Are In For A Financial Windfall!
Finally, the exciting players who play on the LPGA Tour, the premier professional tour for women, stand to bank in a cool US$1 million!
In a milestone development, the PGA and LPGA Tours have announced the introduction of a season-long competition which will reward a player on each tour with US$1 million for the best performance on a designated hole at each tournament.
The best two scores from every participating event for golfers, who have played a minimum of 40 rounds, will be taken into consideration for the Aon Risk Reward Challenge.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan believes that the prize, for the best average score to par, will be extremely significant for the women’s tour. “One million dollars is more than the winner received at the US Women’s Open last year,” Whan said. He added, “We’re starting to see a series of pillar moments, where we are starting to create the kind of equality you see happening every day within companies that are sponsors.”
Twenty-nine LPGA events will be involved in the contest. The PGA Tour, whose chosen holes will be unveiled later this month, will have 36 events.
While 114 players on the PGA Tour earned more than US$1 million in official prize money in 2018, only 14 LPGA players did likewise on the US-based women’s circuit. The figure illustrates the financial disparity that exists between the tours.