June 23, 2018: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who sits atop the LPGA Official Money List, World No. 1-ranked and three-time Champion Inbee Park, and Defending Champion Danielle Kang lead what is again the strongest and deepest field in women’s golf at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to be played June 26-July 1, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois.
For the third time in as many years, each of the top 100 players on the LPGA Official Money List are included in the 156-player field, which also features 29 major champions.
The 22-year-old Jutanugarn won the U.S. Women’s Open earlier this month to notch her ninth career LPGA victory and second this season. Jutanugarn will be making her fourth appearance in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, with her best performance a third-place finish in 2016.
Park, who hails from the Republic of Korea, already owns three KPMG Women’s PGA Championship titles (2013, ‘14, ’15) among her seven career major-championship victories. She will be joined by nine other past Women’s PGA Champions in the field at Kemper Lakes: Laura Davies (1994, 1996); Shanshan Feng (2012); Brooke Henderson (2016); Juli Inkster (1999, 2000); Kang (2017); Cristie Kerr (2010); Anna Nordqvist (2009); Yani Tseng (2008, 2011); and Karrie Webb (2001).
With her victory last year at Olympia Fields, Kang became the first American to lift the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Trophy since Cristie Kerr in 2010. She did so in dramatic fashion, becoming the first player to birdie the 72nd and final hole to win the Championship by a single stroke since Meg Mallon in 1991.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship features a $3.65 million purse, among the richest in women’s golf. The Championship is operated by the PGA of America in partnership with the LPGA.
The 29 Major Champions in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship field have combined for 62 major titles: In Gee Chun (2); Paula Creamer (1); Laura Davies (4); Shanshan Feng (1); Brooke Henderson (1); Juli Inkster (7); Eun-Hee Ji (1); Ariya Jutanugarn (2); Danielle Kang (1); Cristie Kerr (2); Hyo Joo Kim (1); In-Kyung Kim (1); Lydia Ko (2); Brittany Lang (1); Stacy Lewis (2); Brittany Lincicome (2); Pernilla Lindberg (1); Mo Martin (1); Catriona Matthew (1); Anna Nordqvist (2); Inbee Park (7); Sung Hyun Park (1); Morgan Pressel (1); So Yeon Ryu (2); Lexi Thompson (1); Yani Tseng (5); Karrie Webb (7); Michelle Wie (1); and Sun Young Yoo (1).