CHASKA – Major golf is returning to Minnesota.
Hazeltine National Golf Club will host the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on June 20-23, 2019, continuing a long tradition of major championships in Minnesota.
The Robert Trent Jones-designed course hosted the 1966 and 1977 U.S. Women’s Open; the 1970 and 1991 U.S. Open, the 1983 U.S. Senior Open; and the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championship. Hazeltine was also the host the 41st Ryder Cup last fall.
“The PGA of America is delighted to bring the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the greatest women players in the world, to one of our country’s great venues and the site of the 2016 Ryder Cup,” said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. “Hazeltine National Golf Club was built to host majors and its membership, along with exceptional sports fans throughout Minnesota, embrace golf. We are excited for what lies ahead in 2019 and for our continued relationship of major championship golf at Hazeltine that will continue well into the future.”
Broadcast will be in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel.
“We are committed to elevating women on and off the golf course through the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and bringing this event to Hazeltine National Golf Club provides another world-class course on which the world’s best women golfers can compete,” said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO. “The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be held on-site the day before the start of the Championship, is forging paths for the next generation of women leaders to move into the C-suite.”
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship field will consist of 156 golfers, including the top eight finishers from the previous year’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship – PFA of America women members included - and the winner of the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship.
“We’re thrilled to bring the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to yet another prestigious venue with such a strong championship pedigree to test the best women golfers in the world,” said LPGA Chief Commercial Officer Jon Podany. “We’re also excited to return to the Twin Cities area where the fan support has been terrific at previous U.S. Women’s Opens and the Solheim Cup in past years.”
The LPGA Championship began in 1955, five years after the Ladies Professional Golf Association was established.