Women’s PGA Championship doubles prize money…

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Women’s PGA Championship doubles prize money…

Women’s PGA Championship doubles prize money…

Defending champion Nelly Korda and her rivals will chase a record $9 purse at this ’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after organisers announced a doubling of prize money for the event on Tuesday.

The third women’s major of the year tees off at Congressional Club in Bethesda, Maryland on with Korda to repeat her 2021 Women’s PGA .

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 .

PGA of Richerson said the decision to the purse — from $4.5 million to $9 million — was a result of support from sponsors KPMG and a desire to elevate women’s golf.

“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.

The bumper purse is of a broad throughout women’s golf, where prize money across the five major championships has risen steadily over the past .

With the Women’s PGA , prize money for the five majors now stands at $37.3 million, to $13.75 million for the same in 2012.

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,” professional Mariah Stackhouse said.

“Hey, ‘Did you see that email, 9 mil’, and everybody is super, super .”

This ’s major meanwhile is another opportunity for Korda to leave her recent health scare further in the rear-view mirror.

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The 23-year-old only returned recently from a four- layoff after discovering a clot in her left arm.

She narrowly out on a victory at last weekend’s Meijer LPGA Classic, losing a three-way playoff against compatriot Kupcho and ’s Leona Maguire.

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