Defending champion Nelly Korda and her rivals will chase a record $9 million purse at this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after organisers announced a doubling of prize money for the event on Tuesday.
A successful title defence could see Korda earn a winner’s cheque of $1.35 million after the hefty boost in prize money annouced by organisers on the eve of the tournament.
“We really wanted to make sure we utilized this event to showcase the best women’s players in the game and do that with one of the biggest purses,” Richerson said.
News of the increased purse rippled around Congressional on Tuesday after players were informed of the move.
“You heard a murmur kind of going around the clubhouse,” US professional Mariah Stackhouse said.
“Hey, ‘Did you see that email, 9 mil’, and everybody is super, super excited.”
This week’s major meanwhile is another opportunity for Korda to leave her recent health scare further in the rear-view mirror.
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