June 19, 2019: World No. 1-ranked Jin Young Ko and defending Sung Hyun Park head a power-laden field when the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is played June 20-23, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
The 156-player field features 99 of the top 100 active players on the LPGA Official Money List, including 29 major champions. They will be competing in the fifth women’s major championship conducted in Minnesota and the third hosted by Hazeltine National Golf Club following the U.S. Women’s Open in 1966 and 1977.
Park is joined by eight past Women’s PGA Champions: Laura Davies (1994, 1996); Karrie Webb (2001); Anna Nordqvist (2009); Cristie Kerr (2010); Shanshan Feng (2012); Inbee Park (2013, ’14, ’15); Brooke Henderson (2016) and Danielle Kang (2017).
Henderson captured last weekend’s Meijer LPGA Classic, which was her ninth career Tour victory. It made her the winningest Canadian golfer in history on either the PGA or LPGA Tours.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship features a $3.85 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf. The Championship is operated by the PGA of America in partnership with the LPGA.
There are 29 Major Champions in the field own a combined 52 major titles: Na Yeon Choi, In Gee Chun, Paula Creamer, Laura Davies, Shanshan Feng, Georgia Hall, Brooke Henderson, Eun Hee Ji, Ariya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Hyo Joo Kim, In-Kyung Kim, Jin Young Ko, Lydia Ko, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Pernilla Lindberg, Jeongeun Lee6, Catriona Matthew, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, Morgan Pressel, So Yeon Ryu, Angela Stanford, Lexi Thompson, Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie.
PGA/LPGA CLUB PROFESSIONALS
Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth of Fleming Island, Florida, who won last summer’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals National Championship, leads a nine-member contingent of PGA Professionals and LPGA Professionals in the field.
The group features five PGA of America Members: Joanna Coe of Baltimore, Maryland; Alison Curdt of Reseda, California, the Vice President of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Division; Ashley Grier of Springfield, Pennsylvania; Brittany Kelly of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Seul-Ki Park of Winchester, Massachusetts.
The other LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals are Wendy Doolan of Lakeland, Florida; Nicole Jeray of Berwyn, Illinois and Jimin Kang of Scottsdale, Arizona.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, and will feature nearly 20 hours of comprehensive onsite news and tournament coverage.
Golf Channel will televise the first two rounds of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (ET). NBC coverage of the final two rounds, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, will air from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (ET).
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, a collaboration between the PGA of America, KPMG and the LPGA Tour, continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship. The event combines an annual major golf championship with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and an ongoing charitable initiative, all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.