The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship features a $3.5 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf. The Championship will be operated by the PGA of America in partnership with the LPGA and broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel.
The 2015 field has begun to take shape, with several players entered as of March 1 including defending champion Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Jean Bartholomew and Liz Caron.
The 156-player field will be determined as follows:
• Active LPGA Hall of Fame members (To be considered Active, an LPGA Hall of Fame member must have participated in 10 official LPGA tournaments within the 12 months prior to the commitment deadline)
• Past winners of the LPGA Championship
• Professionals who have won an LPGA Major Championship in the previous five (5) years (2010-2014) and during the current year
• Professionals who have won an Official LPGA tournament in the previous two (2) calendar years (2013-2014) and during the current year
• Professionals who finished top-10 and ties at the previous year’s LPGA Championship
• Professionals ranked No. 1-30 on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of May 12, 2015
• The top eight (8) finishers at the 2014 LPGA T&CP National Championship
• Members of the European and United States Solheim Cup Teams in 2013
• Maximum of two (2) sponsor invites (Invitees must be ranked within the Top 200 on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings at the time of the invitation.)
• LPGA Members who have committed to the event, ranked in the order of their position on the 2015 Official Money List through the conclusion of the Manulife LPGA Classic.
• If the event is not full, the remainder of the field will be filled by Members who have committed to the event, ranked in the order of their position on the 2015 LPGA Priority List as of the commitment deadline.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship brings together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing community initiative to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders.
Golf Channel will televise the first two rounds of the championship, Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. NBC coverage of the final two rounds is Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET.
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