The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the organising body for the leading women’s golf tour, has announced details of its first ever tournament in China.
The event, which is set to take place later this year at Shanghai’s Qizhong Garden Golf Club from 18th to 21st October, will feature run as a 72-hole stroke play tournament with no cut, and will be sanctioned by the LPGA, as well as the China LPGA Tour (CLPGA) and the China Golf Association (CGA).
Players will compete for a total prize purse of US$2.1 million, while the top 62 ranked golfers on the LPGA Money List will take part, as well 15 players from the China Lady’s Professional Rankings and four sponsor invites.
The LPGA has also agreed a five-year deal with US luxury car brand Buick, which will serve as the title sponsor of the new tournament.
The LPGA has plans to introduce a further three new events in 2019.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said: “We are proud and excited to team up with Buick and IMG to bring our Tour to China’s largest city, Shanghai. It will be a delight to show off the talented field of female golfers from the LPGA, the China Golf Association and the CLPGA to the great fans of China who have always showed us tremendous support.”
Grant Slack, senior vice-president and managing director of golf events at IMG, which distributes LPGA Tour rights, and renewed its deal in 2015 through to 2019, added: “Women’s golf in China is in a very healthy state, largely thanks to Shanshan’s [Shanshan Feng, a Chinese professional golfer who plays on based LPGA Tour] phenomenal achievements in the past few years. “