Primer: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

Lexi Thompson during the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Sahalee CC in Sammamish, WA. Credit: Getty Images/Jeff Gross

The 2019 LPGA season gets under way this week with the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida.

Lexi Thompson during the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee CC in Sammamish, WA. Credit: Getty Images/Jeff Gross

The field in Disney World will include 26 LPGA Tour winners from the 2017 and 2018 seasons, headlined by hometown favorite Lexi Thompson, alongside world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, who captured every major award in 2018. They will be joined by former No. 1s in Shanshan Feng, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis.


THE SKINNY

Tournament: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
Dates: Jan. 17-20, 2018
TV Network: GOLF Channel
Course: Tranquilo Golf Course (Disney Resort)
Where: Orlando, Fla.
Distance: 6,645 yards, Par 71 (34-37)
Architect: Tom Fazio
Field/Format: 26 players; 72-hole stroke; no cut
Pro Purse: $1,200,000
Pro Winning Share: $180,000
Defending Champion: Inaugural


TV & ONLINE COVERAGE

Rd 1: Thu. 12-3 pm
Rd 2: Fri. 12-3 pm
Rd 3: Sat. 2-3 pm; 3-5 pm*
Rd 4: Sun. 2-3 pm; 3-5 pm*
All times est. Golf Channel and *NBC.

Online: Leaderboard | Twitter | Instagram


THE FIELD

The field in Disney World will feature 26 LPGA Tour winners from the past two seasons, and will be headlined by World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, fresh off her record-setting season, and Lexi Thompson, who enters off a win at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn
Ariya Jutanugarn on the 18th hole at Gullane Golf Club after winning the 2018 ASI Ladies Scottish Open in Gullane, Scotland. Credit: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

The full field:

Marina Alex
2018 Cambia Portland Classic

In Gee Chun
2018 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

Shanshan Feng
2017 LPGA Volvik Championship
2017 TOTO Japan Classic
2017 Blue Bay LPGA

Georgia Hall
2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open

Nasa Hataoka
2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
2018 TOTO Japan Classic

Brooke Henderson
2018 LOTTE Championship
2018 CP Women’s Open
2017 Meijer LPGA Classic
2017 MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open

Eun-Hee Ji
2018 Kia Classic
2017 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Ariya Jutanugarn
2018 Kingsmill Championship
2018 U.S. Women’s Open
2018 ASI Ladies Scottish Open
2017 Manulife LPGA Classic
2017 CME Group Tour Championship

Moriya Jutanugarn
2018 HUGEL-JTBC LA Open

Danielle Kang
2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai
2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Cristie Kerr
2017LOTTE Championship
2017 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Sei Young Kim
2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
2017 Lorena Ochoa Match

Katherine Kirk
2017 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Lydia Ko
2018 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

Nelly Korda
2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Mi Hyang Lee
2017 AAM Ladies Scottish Open

Mirim Lee
2017 Kia Classic

Stacy Lewis
2017 Cambia Portland Classic

Brittany Lincicome
2018 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

Pernilla Lindberg
2018 ANA Inspiration

Gaby Lopez
2018 Blue Bay LPGA

Anna Nordqvist
2017 Bank of Hope Founders Cup
2017 The Evian Championship

Annie Park
2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic

Thidapa Suwannapura
2018 Marathon Classic

Lexi Thompson
2018 CME Group Tour Championship
2017 Kingsmill Championship
2017 Indy Women in Tech Championship

Amy Yang
2017 Honda LPGA Thailand


FIELD: TOP-10 BETTING FAVORITES

1. Ariya Jutanugarn 5-1
2. Lexi Thompson 6-1
3. Lydia Ko 9-1
4. Nasa Hataoka 9-1
5. Brooke Henderson 12-1
6. Sei Young Kim 12-1
7. Shanshan Feng 14-1
8. Nelly Korda 16-1
9. Marina Alex 18-1
10. Danielle Kang 20-1

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Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images


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