The LPGA Tour scheduled will continue to expand internationally in 2019, with the recent announcement of a pair of events in Asia.
A new event is coming to the newly minted LPGA International in South Korea, with BMW Group Korea stepping in to sponsor its only women’s golf tournament.
The tournament, with a $2 million purse and to-be-determined name, will take place at LPGA International Busan in October 2019. LPGA International Busan is the LPGA’s first golf facility outside the United States.
BMW has long been a big-time sponsor of golf, with its name on the European Tour flagship BMW PGA Championship and the BMW International Open in Germany. On the PGA Tour, BMW sponsors the BMW Championship, the current third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. They also sponsor the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am in South Carolina, where the company has a manufacturing presence.
Previous to the South Korea announcement, the LPGA announced a five-year deal with Buick to sponsor a tournament in Shanghai. The Buick LPGA Shanghai,, which will be first played at Qizhong Garden Golf Club in October 2018, will have a $2.1 million purse and be run by WME/IMG China. The 72-hole event will have no cut, like others in the LPGA’s Asia swings, and will invite golfers from the LPGA and Chinese LPGA.
The China Golf Association hopes this tournament will be a proving ground for Chinese players preparing to join Shanshan Feng in the 2020 Olympic golf tournament in Tokyo.