2017 LPGA Tour schedule boasts 35 events, $68 million in prize money

2017 LPGA Tour schedule boasts 35 events, $68 million in prize money

The 2017 LPGA Tour schedule may well be the best in the history of the tour. The 35-event docket boasts nearly $68 million in prize money, an all-time record and an increase of nearly $5 million over last year.

LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan announced the schedule that includes four new events and the 2017 Solheim Cup. The new events are in Green Bay, Wis.; Indianapolis (at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway); Scotland for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Women's Open; and New Zealand for the national championship.

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational will also move from the penultimate spot on the schedule to the spring, becoming the Lorena Ochoa Match Play with 32 players.

Departing the schedule are the Coates Golf Championship, Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic and the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

Of the 30 returning events, 11 will have bigger purses, including the $5 million U.S. Women's Open, which will be the higest LPGA purse in history.

2017 LPGA Tour schedule:

Jan. 26-29: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Paradise Island, Bahamas, $1.4 million

Feb. 16-19: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Adelaide, Australia, $1.3 million (+$100,000 over 2016)

Feb. 23-26: Honda LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand, $1.6 million (+$100,000)

March 2-5: HSBC Women’s Champions, Singapore, $1.5 million

March 16-19: Bank of Hope Founders Cup, Phoenix, Ariz., $1.5 million

March 23-26: Kia Classic, Carlsbad, Calif., $1.8 million (+$100,000)

March 29-April 2: ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage, Calif., $2.7 million (+$200,000)

April 13-16: Lotte Championship pres. by Hershey, Oahu, Hawaii, $2 million (+$200,000)

April 27-30: Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, Irving, Texas, $1.3 million

May 1-7: Lorena Ochoa Match Play, Mexico City, Mexico, $1.2 million (+$200,000)

May 18-21: Kingsmill Championship, Williamsburg, Va., $1.3 million

May 25-28: LPGA Volvik Championship, Ann Arbor, Mich., $1.3 million

June 2-4: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Galloway, N.J., $1.5 million

June 8-11: Manulife LPGA Classic, Cambridge, Ontario, $1.7 million (+$100,000)

June 15-18: Meijer LPGA Classic, Belmont, Mich., $2 million

June 22-25: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Rogers, Ark., $2 million

June 29-July 2: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Olympia Fields, Ill., $3.5 million

July 6-9: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, Oneida, Wis., $2 million (NEW)

July 13-16: U.S. Women’s Open, Bedminster, N.J., $5 million (+$1 million)

July 20-23: Marathon Classic, Sylvania, Ohio, $1.6 million (+$100,000)

July 27-30: Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Ladies Open, Dundonald, Scotland, $1.5 million (NEW)

Aug. 3-6: Ricoh Women’s British Open, Fife, Scotland, $3.25 million (+$250,000)

Aug. 18-20: Solehim Cup, Des Moines, Iowa

Aug. 24-27: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Ottawa, Canada, $2.25 million

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Cambia Portland Classic, Portland, Ore., $1.3 million

Sept. 3-6: Indy Women in Tech, Indianapolis, Ind., $2 million (NEW)

Sept. 14-17: The Evian Championship, Evian-les-Bains, France, $3.35 million (+$100,000)

Sept. 28-Oct. 1: McKayson New Zealand Women's Open, Auckland, New Zealand, $1.3 million (NEW)

Oct. 5-8: Alisports Reignwood, Reignwood, China, $2.1 million

Oct. 12-15: LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, Incheon, South Korea, $2 million

Oct. 19-22: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, Taipei, Taiwan, $2.2 million (+$200,000)

Oct. 26-29: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, $1.8 million (-$200,000)

Nov. 2-5: Toto Japan Classic, Shima-Shi, Japan, $1.5 million

Nov. 8-11: Blue Bay LPGA, Hainan Island, China, $2.1 million (+$100,000, Saturday finish)

Nov. 16-19: CME Group Tour Championship, Naples, Fla., $2.5 million (+$500,000)

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