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The LPGA Tour unveiled a 35-event 2024 schedule Thursday featuring a record $118 million in prize money.
That represents a 69 percent increase from the $70 million in total purses available in 2021.
"The 2024 LPGA Tour schedule reflects our historic growth," commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said in a news release. "With new events and improved geographic flow, enhancing the athlete experience, our global reach and competitiveness have never been stronger. As we embark on this season, we celebrate the remarkable journey of women's golf, anticipating thrilling competition and unforgettable moments for fans worldwide."
The 2024 schedule includes 33 official events played in 15 states and 10 countries, including a pair of Asia swings in February-March and October.
A record 16 tournaments will have purses of at least $3 million, including 10 non-major events. That includes the year-ending CME Group Tour Championship with an $11 million purse and a record $4 million winner's check.
There are three new events on the calendar: the LPGA Drive On Championship in Bradenton, Fla., in January; the Arizona Championship in Phoenix in March; and the FM Global Championship in Norton, Mass., in September.
The season kicks off at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 18-21. It ends with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., from Nov. 21-24.
The dates, locations and purses for the five 2024 majors are as follows:
--The Chevron Championship in The Woodlands, Texas, April 18-21, $5.2 million
--U.S. Women's Open in Lancaster, Pa., May 30-June 2, $11 million
--KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Sammamish, Wash., June 20-23, $10 million
--Amundi Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France, July 11-14, $6.5 million
--AIG Women's Open in St Andrews, Scotland, Aug. 22-25, $9 million
Other opportunities for LPGA Tour athletes in 2024 include the Paris Olympics (Aug. 8-11) and the Solheim Cup in Gainesville, Va., from Sept. 13-15.
--Field Level Media