KPMG Women's PGA Championship Doubles Prize Fund

The purse for the upcoming KPMG Women's PGA Championship has doubled from $4.5m to $9m

Nelly Korda poses with the KPMG Women's PGA Championship trophy
Nelly Korda defends her title this week at Congressional Country Club
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The purse for this week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club has doubled from $4.5m to $9m.

The move is a continuation of the rising finances in the women's game, with the recent US Women's Open featuring a $10m purse, up from $5.5m last year. Winner Minjee Lee took home $1.8m.

This week's KPMG PGA Championship winner will earn $1.35m, also double that of last year. The $9m total purse represents a 300% increase since 2014 ($2.25m).

The Chevron Championship, the opening women's Major of the season that was previously known as the ANA Inspiration, saw its purse jump from $3m to $5m this year, with the AIG Women's Open and Evian Championships, the remaining two Major following this week's KPMG PGA, likely to also increase their payouts.

The KPMG Women's PGA Championship took over from the LPGA Championship, which is the second-oldest women's Major, dating back to 1955. The tournament has visited some of the USA's most prestigious clubs in recent years including Atlanta Athletic Club (2021), Aronimink Golf Club (2020), Hazeltine National Golf Club (2019), Kemper Lakes Golf Club (2018), Olympia Fields Country Club (2017), Sahalee Country Club (2016) and Westchester Country Club (2015).

Next year's event takes place at Baltusrol Golf Club, with PGA Frisco, the new home of the PGA of America, locked in for 2025 and 2031.

“When the PGA of America partnered with KPMG and the LPGA Tour in 2015, we promised to elevate this event by increasing the purse, conducting it at venues with a history of hosting men’s major championships such as Congressional Country Club, and delivering broadcast network coverage with NBC Sports,” said Jim Richerson, President of the PGA of America. “As part of our shared commitment to support and showcase women’s golf, we have delivered on those promises.”

“Through the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, we are accelerating the advancement, development and empowerment of women both on and off the golf course,” said Paul Knopp, KPMG U.S. Chair and CEO. “The significantly increased purse size – along with top courses in major markets, network TV coverage, and advanced data and analytics capabilities provided via KPMG Performance Insights – are tangible examples of our commitment to elevate the world-class athletes on the LPGA Tour.”

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3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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