While the stakes were already high for the third LPGA Major of the season, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, they got even higher on Tuesday at the famed Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. when the KPMG Women’s 2022 prize money was announced PGA Championship would double to $9 million.
This week’s winner at the Congressional, which has hosted the three men’s US Opens, is in contention for a $1.35 million first-place prize, and chief among them is world No. 1 Jin Young Ko and defending champion and No. 2 in the world Nelly Korda. Hot on their heels is New Zealand’s number 4 in the world Lydia Kowith the reigning US Open champion Minjee Lee11-time LPGA winner Lexi Thompson and new ShopRite LPGA Classic winner Brooke Henderson Rounding out this week’s top contenders. This year’s field includes 18 of the top 20 players in the Rolex rankings, finishing 13th Danielle Kang and No. 18 Min Ji Park not in the field.
The increase in prize money for the second-oldest women’s major is a 300 percent increase from 2014, the year before KPMG and the PGA of America worked with the LPGA to increase the event’s prize money and raise the profile of the tournament by it fabled made courses. It also nearly matches the purse of the recent US Women’s Open, which rose to $10 million for the 2022 edition at Pine Needles and earned winner Lee $1.8 million.
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How to watch the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
A full field of 156 players will tee off Thursday at the Congressional with two rounds of 18-hole stroke play. At the end of 36 holes, the field is reduced to the top 60 plus a tie. Coverage of the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will air on Golf Channel and NBC and stream on Peacock, beginning with the first round action on Thursday.
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Schedule:
|day/date||incident||Time (all times ET)||television network||stream|
|Thursday, 23.6||First round||11am-3pm||gulf channel||peacock|
|Friday June 24th||Second round||11am-3pm||gulf channel||peacock|
|Saturday June 25th||third round||1pm-4pm||ABC||peacock|
|Sunday June 26th||Last round||1pm-4pm||ABC||peacock|
About Congressional, home of the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
The 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA will be held on the Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course, the club’s original 18-hole layout. It was originally designed by Devereaux Emmett Completed in 1922 and 1924, but due to several redesigns in the decades since, much of Emmett’s influence has been removed and altered. Credited redesigners include Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones. Last Andrew Green oversaw a complete renovation of the course, which was completed in 2021 and brought the venue back in line with Emmett’s original work.
The Congressional’s championship résumé includes the 1976 PGA Championship (won by David Stockton) and a trio of men’s US Open (2011: Rory McIlroy1997: Ernie Els1964: Ken Venturi). Congressional also hosted the 1995 US Senior Open, 1959 US Women’s Amateur and three PGA Tour events.
The course is par 72 and stretches 6,896 yards. For members, the course can be played up to 7,818 yards from tips and up to 5,155 yards from front tees. The green restoration has increased the fairway area from 25 to 46 acres and the new greens are also larger allowing for more variety in hole positions. The course now has 139 bunkers (previously less than 100), three water hazards that come into play on four holes.
Recap of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2021
Nelly Korda won her sixth career LPGA win and first major title at the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, setting a tournament record with 19 under par 269 and beating her American compatriot Lizette Salas by three shots at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia.
After opening with a 2-under 72, the then 22-year-old Korda entered the second round with a 9-under 63, which included a streak of six straight birdies and gave her a one-shot lead over Salas to the weekend. After a 68 on Saturday, Korda shared the 54-hole lead with Salas, and the two started the final round five shots ahead of the field.
Sunday remained a two-woman battle for most of the day, with Korda gaining the advantage thanks to a three-shot shot in 12th place when Salas bogeyed the par-5 and Korda notched her second eagle of the day. A birdie in 14th place provided enough buffer to cushion the blow of a double bogey on par-3 15, and Korda finished with three pars for 4-under 68 and her first major title.
The win marked her second consecutive win of 2021 and her third of the season, and propelled Korda to #1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. She became the first American to hold the top spot since then Stacy Lewis in 2014.
NBC’s golf research team contributed to this report.