Cognizant Founders Cup Purse, Prize Money And Field 2023

Minjee Lee defends her title as a top-quality field competes for a share of a substantial purse

Minjee Lee celebrates after winning the 2022 Cognizant Founders Cup
Minjee Lee is among the favourites as she defends her title
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After last week’s team event, the International Crown at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, which saw Thailand outclass Australia, the LPGA Tour heads east to New Jersey’s Upper Montclair Country Club for the Cognizant Founders Cup.

Once again, many of the world’s best players are in the field, including defending champion Minjee Lee. The Australian held off the challenge of Lexi Thompson to win by two shots in 2022, and the World No.6 will be confident of claiming her ninth LPGA Tour title this week.

To achieve that, she will need to finish ahead of eight other players in the world’s top 10. After the US team finished third in last week’s tournament, World No.1 Nelly Korda will be looking to put that disappointment behind her with her first win since the Pelican Women’s Championship last November. 

Last year's runner-up also appears along with another player with realistic aspirations of winning the tournament, World No.2 Lydia Ko. The New Zealander makes her first start since missing the cut at the first Major of the year, the Chevron Championship at Carlton Woods.

Perhaps the greatest threat to Lee’s hopes of retaining her title comes from Jin Young Ko. The World No.3 has won the tournament twice, most recently in 2021, and is looking for her second win of the year after her HSBC Women’s World Championship triumph in March.

Lilia Vu is one of the breakout stars of 2023 with two wins to her name so far, most recently in the Chevron Championship, and the World No.4 also plays. Others in the top 10 in this week’s field are former World No.1 Atthaya Thitikul, Canadian Brooke Henderson and World No.9 Georgia Hall, who returns to action after pulling out of last week’s tournament with injury.

Other in-form players appearing include Celine Boutier, who won the LPGA Drive On Championship in March and Hannah Green, who claimed her third LPGA Tour win in the JM Eagle LA Championship in April after a dramatic playoff. Elsewhere, World No.13 Xiyu Lin plays after she was edged out by Green in that tournament along with World No.15 Nasa Hataoka, who finished tied for 11th.

Ashleigh Buhai, who won the AIG Women’s Open in 2022, also plays. Other former winners include Anna Nordqvist, who claimed victory in 2017, and Sei Young Kim, who won the tournament the year before.

Players will be eyeing a share of the $3m purse. Of that, the winner will receive $450,000, while the player finishing second will claim $282,976.

Below is the full prize money breakdown and field for the 2023 Cognizant Founders Cup at Upper Montclair Country Club.

Cognizant Founders Cup Prize Money 2023

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PositionPrize Money
1st$450,000
2nd$282,976
3rd$205,279
4th$158,799
5th$127,816
6th$104,576
7th$87,534
8th$76,690
9th$76,690
10th$68,944
11th$58,097
12th$54,223
13th$50,815
14th$47,717
15th$44,928
16th$42,449
17th$40,282
18th$38,422
19th$36,873
20th$35,633
21st$34,395
22nd$33,154
23rd$31,916
24th$30,675
25th$29,592
26th$28,508
27th$27,421
28th$26,337
29th$25,253
30th$24,324
31st$23,394
32nd$22,464
33rd$21,534
34th$20,604
35th$19,831
36th$19,056
37th$18,283
38th$17,507
39th$16,731
40th$16,112
41st$15,493
42nd$14,874
43rd$14,252
44th$13,634
45th$13,169
46th$12,704
47th$12,239
48th$11,774
49th$11,309
50th$10,844
51st$10,536
52nd$10,225
53rd$9,914
54th$9,606
55th$9,295
56th$8,984
57th$8,676
58th$8,365
59th$8,058
60th$7,747
61st$7,593
62nd$7,436
63rd$7,282
64th$7,128
65th$6,971

Cognizant Founders Cup Field 2023

  • Brittany Altomare
  • Narin An
  • Pajaree Anannarukarn
  • Aditi Ashok
  • Jaravee Boonchant
  • Celine Borge
  • Celine Boutier
  • Ashleigh Buhai
  • Matilda Castren
  • Jennifer Chang
  • Peiyun Chien
  • Hye-Jin Choi
  • Chella Choi
  • Karen Chung
  • Carlota Ciganda
  • Allisen Corpuz
  • Lauren Coughlin
  • Paula Creamer
  • Daniela Darquea
  • Karis Davidson
  • Laura Davies
  • Manon De Roey
  • Perrine Delacour
  • Amanda Doherty
  • Gemma Dryburgh
  • Jodi Ewart Shadoff
  • Ally Ewing
  • Dana Fall
  • Maria Fassi
  • Luna Sobron Galmes
  • Sofia Garcia
  • Julieta Granada
  • Hannah Green
  • Georgia Hall
  • Mina Harigae
  • Lauren Hartlage
  • Nasa Hataoka
  • Brooke Henderson
  • Esther Henseleit
  • Daniela Holmqvist
  • Yu-Sang Hou
  • Wei-Ling Hsu
  • Caroline Inglis
  • Hyo Joon Jang
  • Eun Hee Ji
  • Linnea Johansson
  • Moriya Jutanugarn
  • Ariya Jutanugarn
  • Haeji Kang
  • Minami Katsu
  • Sarah Kemp
  • Cristie Kerr
  • Megan Khang
  • Sei Young Kim
  • A Lim Kim
  • In Kyung Kim
  • Grace Kim
  • Gina Kim
  • Frida Kinhult
  • Cheyenne Knight
  • Lydia Ko
  • Jin Young Ko
  • Nelly Korda
  • Jessica Korda
  • Aline Krauter
  • Jennifer Kupcho
  • Stephanie Kyriacou
  • Ines Laklalech
  • Bronte Law
  • Maude-Aimee Leblanc
  • Minjee Lee
  • Andrea Lee
  • Alison Lee
  • Min Lee
  • Jeongeun Lee6
  • Stacy Lewis
  • Lucy Li
  • Xiyu Lin
  • Brittany Lincicome
  • Pernilla Lindberg
  • Yan Liu
  • Yu Liu
  • Ruixin Liu
  • Gaby Lopez
  • Katie Lu (a)
  • Polly Mack
  • Stephanie Meadow
  • Wichanee Meechai
  • Morgane Metraux
  • Azahara Munoz
  • Yuna Nishimura
  • Yealimi Noh
  • Anna Nordqvist
  • Ryann O'Toole
  • Alexa Pano
  • Sung Hyun Park
  • Annie Park
  • Kum-Kang Park
  • Pornanong Phatlum
  • Valery Plata
  • Mel Reid
  • Riley Rennell
  • Paula Reto
  • Kiira Riihijarvi
  • Pauline Roussin
  • So Yeon Ryu
  • Hae Ran Ryu
  • Madelene Sagstrom
  • Lizette Salas
  • Yuka Saso
  • Sarah Schmelzel
  • Sophia Schubert
  • Jenny Shin
  • Jennifer Song
  • Marissa Steen
  • Lauren Stephenson
  • Linnea Strom
  • Ellinor Sudow
  • Jasmine Suwannapura
  • Maddie Szeryk
  • Elizabeth Szokol
  • Emma Talley
  • Kelly Tan
  • Bailey Tardy
  • Patty Tavatanakit
  • Gabriella Then
  • Atthaya Thitikul
  • Charlotte Thomas
  • Lexi Thompson
  • Mariajo Uribe
  • Albane Valenzuela
  • Lilia Vu
  • Samantha Wagner
  • Chanettee Wannasaen
  • Lindsey Weaver-Wright
  • Amy Yang
  • Angel Yin
  • Ruoning Yin
  • Xiaowen Yin
  • Pavarisa Yoktuan

Who Won The 2022 Cognizant Founders Cup?

The 2022 tournament was won by Australian Minjee Lee. She held off the challenge of American Lexi Thompson to win her seventh LPGA Tour title by two shots.

Who’s In The Field For The 2023 Cognizant Founders Cup?

A high-quality field will be in attendance, including defending champion Minjee Lee and world’s top three, Nelly Korda, Lydia Ko and two-time winner of the trophy, Jin Young Ko. Others to look out for include Brooke Henderson and Lilia Vu.

Mike Hall
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