2016 LPGA Tour schedule boasts 34 events, $63 million in prize money

2016 LPGA Tour schedule boasts 34 events, $63 million in prize money

The 2016 LPGA Tour schedule may well be Commissioner Mike Whan's greatest work yet. Building on a year where the tour had 32 events and nearly $60 million in prize money, the total purse increases in 2016 to a record $63 million with 34 events.

Whan announced the schedule on Friday, sharing the extension of 11 title sponsors, as well the increase of purses at eight events. Two new events come onto the 2016 schedule, including the biennial UL International Crown and the LPGA Volvik Championship in Michigan in May.

The 2016 Olympic golf tournament is also on the schedule, although it is an unofficial event.

Here is the full 2016 LPGA Tour schedule:

Jan. 28-31: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Paradise Island, Bahamas, $1.4 million (+$100,000 over 2015)

Feb. 3-6: Coates Golf Championship, Ocala, Fla., $1.5 million

Feb. 18-21: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Adelaide, Australia, $1.2 million (+$100,000)

Feb. 25-28: Honda LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand, $1.5 million (+$100,000)

March 3-6: HSBC Women’s Champions, Singapore, $1.4 million (+$100,000)

March 17-20: JTBC Founders Cup, Phoenix, Ariz., $1.5 million

March 24-27: Kia Classic, Carlsbad, Calif., $1.7 million

March 30-April 3: ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage, Calif., $2.5 million (+$100,000)

April 13-16: Lotte Championship pres. by Hershey, Oahu, Hawaii, $1.8 million

April 21-24: Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, San Francisco, Calif., $2.0 million

April 28-May 1: Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, Irving, Texas, $1.3 million

May 5-8: Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, Prattville, Ala., $1.3 million

May 19-22: Kingsmill Championship, Williamsburg, Va., $1.3 million

May 26-29: LPGA Volvik Championship, Ann Arbor, Mich., $1.3 million (NEW)

June 3-5: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Galloway, N.J., $1.5 million

June 11-14: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Sammamish, Wash., $3.5 million

June 16-19: Meijer LPGA Classic, Belmont, Mich., $2 million (+$200,000)

June 23-26: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Rogers, Ark., $2 million

June 30-July 3: Cambia Portland Classic, Portland, Ore., $1.3 million

July 7-10: U.S. Women’s Open, San Martin, Calif., $4 million

July 14-17: Marathon Classic, Sylvania, Ohio, $1.5 million

July 21-24: UL International Crown, Chicago, Ill.

July 28-31: Ricoh Women’s British Open, Milton Keynes, England, $3 million

Aug. 18-21: Olympic Women's Golf Tournament, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aug. 25-28: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Calgary, Canada, $2.25 million

Sept. 1-4: Manulife LPGA Classic, Cambridge, Ontario, $1.6 million (+$100,000)

Sept. 10-13: The Evian Championship, Evian-les-Bains, France, $3.25 million

Sept. 29-Oct. 2: China, TBD, $2.1 million (NEW)

Oct. 6-9: Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, Taipei, Taiwan, $2 million

Oct. 13-16: LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, Incheon, South Korea, $2 million

Oct. 20-23: Blue Bay LPGA, Hainan Island, China, $2 million

Oct. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, $2 million

Nov. 3-6: Toto Japan Classic, Shima-Shi, Japan, $1.5 million (+$200,000)

Nov. 10-13: Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Mexico City, $1 million

Nov. 17-20: CME Group Tour Championship, Naples, Fla., $2 million

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