This week is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of the five majors on the LPGA Tour. Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN, hosts this year’s tournament from June 20 to 23. So you might be thinking: what even is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship? Where is Chaska, MN? What makes this tournament so special? No need to worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is everything you need to know to start off this exciting week.
What is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship?
Started in 1955, the Women’s PGA Championship is the second-longest running tournament on the LPGA Tour. Global audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG sponsors this event. The tournament is a collaboration between the PGA of America, KPMG and the LPGA Tour. It is one of five majors, including the ANA Inspiration, the U.S. Women’s Open, the Women’s British Open, and the Evian Championship.
At this year’s tournament, the purse is $3,850,000 with a field of 156 players. Out of those 156 players, nine are LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals who earned their spots through the 2018 LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National Championship to play in this year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
With four playoffs in the last six years, this tournament has proven to be entertaining down to the last putt.
Players to Watch
LPGA.com’s Amy Rogers noted five players to look out for at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Sung Hyun Park is the defending champion of this event and has already won once on Tour this year at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. Sung Hyun Park won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last year in a three-player playoff.
Brooke Henderson starts KPMG week coming off her 9th career win at the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Amy’s other players to watch include 2-time major champion Ariya Jutanugarn, 7-time major champion Inbee Park and 2-time major champion Lydia Ko.
Other players to watch include KPMG sponsored golfers Mariah Stackhouse, Stacy Lewis and Leona Maguire. Stackhouse is coming off her career best T-5 finish in the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer earlier this month. Lewis made headlines this week with her letter to her daughter, Chesnee, published on ESPNW. In her letter, Lewis addresses the current baby boom on Tour and the adversity that new moms must overcome as professional athletes. Irish golfer Leona Maguire has accepted a special exemption to compete in this week’s tournament.
This is the first time Hazeltine National Golf Club will host the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Located just outside of Minneapolis in Chaska, MN, the course has previously hosted the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championships and the 2016 Ryder Cup.
Striving to be the “best small town in Minnesota,” Chaska was founded in 1852 and has a population of almost 24,000 people. This historic town is just half an hour from the famous Mall of America.
You may have noticed that Stacy Lewis and Phil Mickelson have been hanging around the area. They even had a chance to take some swings at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins!
KPMG will be hosting their annual Women’s Leadership Summit Wednesday, June 19th from 9:30am-5:00 pm CST at Hazeltine National. Influential women from many industries will be speaking, including KPMG Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie, Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice, and President of PGA of America Suzy Whaley. The entire Summit can be live-streamed for free at KPMG.com/WomensLeadership. The closing fireside chat with champion soccer player Mia Hamm will also be broadcasted on Golf Channel.
Golf Channel will have live coverage of the tournament Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21 from 5-8:00 pm. NBC will have live coverage of the final two rounds Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 2-5:00 pm.