The USGA announced today that ProMedica will become the U.S. Women’s Open first presenting sponsor, while bumping its purse up to $10 million – nearly doubling the 2021 prize fund of $5.5 million.
The USGA said it plans to increase the prize fund to $12 million by 2027.
The 2022 U.S. Women’s Open champion will receive a $1.8 million prize. According to Mike Whan, the USGA’s new CEO, only three LPGA players earned that much in all of 2021.
“The USGA prides itself on conducting championships that not only provide an incredible stage for the athletes, but also give younger players something to dream about,” said Whan, the former LPGA commissioner.
“For more than 75 years, the U.S. Women’s Open has been the one that every little girl, in every country around the world, has dreamed of winning.
“This partnership with ProMedica allows us to substantially grow the championship in every way, from its purpose, to its purse, to the places that host the event. While I’m incredibly proud of what we are announcing today, I know this is just the beginning, as together with ProMedica, we’ll push to change the game and what it means to young women worldwide in order to reach new heights every year.”
With this announcement, the USWO will now offer the biggest purse, by far, on the LPGA Tour.
The season-ending CME Group Tour Championship will have a $7 million purse in 2022 while offering the largest first-place check: $2 million.
The AIG Women’s British Open raised its purse in 2021 to $5.8 million with $875,000 going to the winner. This year, the championship will be contested at Muirfield for the first time, while upping its jackpot to $6.8 million, along with a first-place prize of $1 million.
Other big paydays on the LPGA include the ANA Inspiration ($5m/$750k), KPMG PGA ($4.5m/$675k), and Evian Championship ($4.5m/$675k).