Opening girls’s main will get new sponsor, prize fund up 60% to $5 mln

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Oct 6 (Reuters) – The opening girls’s main of 2022 could have its prize fund boosted by 60% to $5 million, the elite LPGA Tour stated after asserting a brand new title sponsor for the event.

The occasion, beforehand generally known as the ANA Inspiration, might be renamed ‘The Chevron Championship’ as a part of a six-year cope with the LPGA.

It might be held at its conventional location of Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California, from March 31 to April 3, in 2022 earlier than shifting to a distinct venue, more likely to be in Houston, from the next 12 months.

The LPGA can be planning to maneuver the occasion to a later date within the spring from 2023.

“We have all made some lovely memories at Mission Hills over the years which we will enjoy celebrating in 2022 and take with us to The Chevron Championship’s new home, where I know we will make many more,” stated Lydia Ko, who gained the ANA Inspiration in 2016.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

Dec 19, 2020; Naples, Florida, USA;  Lydia Ko tees off at the first hole during the CME Group Tour Championship third round, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the Tiburon Golf Club in North Naples, Florida.  Mandatory Credit: Jon Austria-USA TODAY NETWORK