The 2023 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational format has been announced for the third year of the event, which is the first official two-person team event in LPGA history, to be played at Midland Country Club in Midland, Mich.
The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational field is 140 players as 70 teams of two.
The top 70 players from the 2023 LPGA Priority List will have the opportunity to choose their playing partner, who must have LPGA Tour playing status. There are four sponsor exemptions, who must play together.
Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational format
The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational format is a 72-hole event. The field is divided into morning and afternoon waves for the first two rounds, with players competing in foursomes each day. The same foursomes play together in each of the first two rounds, with one round starting on No. 1 tee and one round on No. 10 tee. There's one round in the morning wave and one round in the afternoon wave.
The first round and third rounds will be foursomes (alternate shot), and the second and final rounds will be fourballs (best ball). A cut will be made after 36 holes to the top 35 teams and ties. If there is a tie after 72 holes, a sudden-death playoff will be played under foursomes.
For the third and fourth rounds, pairings and tee times are made based on each team's total score through two and three rounds, respectively. Teams with the highest total score go first, then in descending order until the two teams with the lowest total score in the final group.
The team with the lowest total score after 72 holes is the winner.
A playoff to settle any ties after 72 holes will be played under LPGA Tour rules. The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational playoff format is a sudden-death format, with playoff holes being 18, played by any qualifying teams. The teams compete hole-by-hole until a winner is determined by a player scoring the lowest among the remaining players.
The players on the winning team will split the winner's share from the $2.7 million purse, and there are one-year exemptions into the ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women's PGA Championship and The Evian Championship for the winners. Points for the Race to the CME Globe will be awarded, too.