Four French women at the Congressional in a $9 million major

The second-oldest major in women’s golf history but a “weak” ratio in terms of prize money, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has decided to change gears on the eve of its 68th edition. This doubles the prize money from 4.5 to 9 million dollars. The future winner will leave Congressional (Maryland) with a nice check for $1.35 million. The French Céline Boutier (photo), Perrine Delacour, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard and Agathe Laisné are taking part in this 3rd Grand Slam tournament of the season.

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AsUSGA (United States Golf Association), which dramatically increased the US Open prize pool from $12.5 million to $17.5 million at Brookline last week PGA of Americain agreement with KPMGthe title sponsor and the LPGAannounces a double prize money for the KPMG PGA Women’s Championship. Stuck at $4.5 million — the smallest endowment of the five women majors — it’s now $9 million (just behind theUS Women’s Open10 million).

victorious in 2021, Nelly Korda left with a nice check for $675,000. This Sunday’s future winner will add another $1.35 million to her bank account. A big leap forward for this 68th edition organized at Country Club of Congressone of the choicest places in the United States where Rory McIlroy had unlocked his counterattack in Major at the 2011 US Open with an incredible -16.

Established in 1955, the Women’s PGA Championship had multiple title sponsors (Mazda, McDonald’s, AIG, Coca-Cola, Wegmans, etc.) before signing a lease in 2015 with KPMG, a British-Dutch network of auditing and consulting firms present in more than 150 countries. For a number of years, the PGA of America has chosen locations that have already hosted male majors: Atlanta Athletic Club (in 2021), theAronimink Golf ClubI’Hazeltine National Golf Clubthe Kemper Lakes Golf, Olympia Fields Country Club or Sahalee Golf Club.

This year, the Bethesda, Maryland-based Congressional is hosting the event. This KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2022 will be played on two courses (Blue Course and Gold Course). the par 72 of the Blue Course (Par 71 if the gentlemen have to challenge it) 6,246 meters long for these ladies. Built in 1924 to allow many members of the American Congress to satisfy their passion (Presidents). Eisenhower and Obama were members there), it was redesigned several times (1957, 1989, 2006) and most recently again from February 2019 Andrew Green.

The defending champion, as I said, is the American Nelly Korda, who lost to her compatriot in the play-off of the Meijer LPGA Classic last weekend Jennifer Kucho (and the Irish Leona Maguire, also defeated), will be one of the big favorites in her own successor. The daughter of the former Czech tennis player Peter KordaShe, who underwent surgery in April for a blood clot in her left arm, only returned to competition in early June despite finishing 8th at the US Open won by the Australian Minjee Lee.

Among the 156 players present (including eight PGA professionals) we should also mention the South Korean Inbee Park11th in the world and crowned three times at this tournament (between 2013 and 2015), the Canadian Brooke M HendersonWinner on June 12th the ShopRite LPGA Classicbut also the feared Jin Young KoWorld No. 1, 13-time LPGA winner (including two Majors in the same year, ANA inspiration and Evian Championship 2019).

27. Start in major for Celine Boutier

Residents of the top 20 in the world, only Americans Danielle KangVictorious in 2017 but retired with a worrying spinal injury, and the South Korean Min Ji Park (18.) missing. Remember that the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has often been the scene of a first Major win, as happened in 2021 for Nelly Korda but also for the South Korean Be Young Kim in 2020 for the Australian Hannah Green 2019 with Hazeltine or 2016 for Brooke M. Henderson.

So do the French have a chance? 19th in the world, Celine Boutier is certainly the one who can actually get a first achievement in Major. Dallas, Texas-based Francilienne, who didn’t miss a single cut on the LPGA Tour in 2022, just finished 4th Chevron Championship In early April and placed 7th at the last KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She will start her 27th Major since 2013 this Thursday!

For his sixth personal PGA Championship Perrine Delacour For her part, will try to break the glass ceiling, she who has certainly exceeded the cut four times but has never been better than a 46th place (in 2021). Great first on the other hand in a PGA championship for Pauline Roussin Bouchard and Agatha Laise, respectively 144th and 381st in the world. The former failed to make the cut at the US Open two weeks ago pine needles while the second, a rookie like Roussin-Bouchard on the US Circuit, after four misses is still looking for a first cut in a Major, each time as an amateur: Evian Championship 2015 and 2017, British 2018 and US Open 2020.

Photo: Getty via AFP Michael Reaves

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