The US Open has long been viewed as the premier event in women’s golf, and now has a portfolio and future courses to prove it.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that the grant will nearly double this year to $10 million, the richest in women’s golf and among the highest in women’s sport.
The purse was $5.5 million when Yuka Sasso won the Olympic Club last year.
The USGA helped make this possible through our sponsor – PreMedica, an Ohio-based nonprofit integrated health organization serving 28 states.
With support from ProMedica, the US Open Women’s Scholarship is expected to increase to $11 million and possibly $12 million over the next five years.
In addition to this massive increase in the bag, the USGA will provide golfers with the opportunity to play some of the classic US Open courses that men have used for decades. This list includes returns to Oakmont and Pinehurst #2, as well as the Riviera, Oakland Hills, Merion, Inverness, and Interlachen.
The USGA has made it clear that Pinehurst will host the men’s and women’s Open in consecutive weeks in 2029, as it debuted with great success in 2014. Martin Kaymer had won the US Open by then and Michelle Wie had taken her first title. Next week’s edition.
This is the USGA’s first major initiative since Mike Wan, a former LPGA commissioner, took over as CEO last summer.
The Women’s Open will take place June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge in North Carolina, then travel to Pebble Beach for the first time the following year.
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