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Sports: Women’s PGA Championship Doubles Prize Money To $9 Million

 Sports: Women’s PGA Championship Doubles Prize Money To $9 Million 

 Sports: Women’s PGA Championship Doubles Prize Money To $9 Million 

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

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

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 tournament.

PGA of America President Jim Richerson said the decision to double 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 part of a broad trend throughout women’s golf, where prize money across the five major championships has risen steadily over the past decade.

With the Women’s PGA increase, prize money for the five majors now stands at $37.3 million, compared to $13.75 million for the same events 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,” US professional Mariah Stackhouse said.

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

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

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

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

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