The LPGA Tour is adding two tournaments in California next year as part of a 34-tournament schedule that offers a record $68.75 million in prize money.
Coming off a year in which 17 players earned at least $1 million, the LPGA Tour put together a 2018 schedule that it hopes to build momentum. While it lost two events — the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico and the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada — the LPGA replaced them with three new tournaments.
Two of them are in the United States, bringing the number of domestic events to 19.
“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said Tuesday in a news release.
The new California events will be held in the Los Angeles area and at Lake Merced in San Francisco. The Los Angeles event is the Hugel-JTBC Championship on April 19-22, with the host club to be announced early next year.