Shadow Creek will host 64-player tournament on May 26-30, expanding LPGA’s schedule to 35 events worth $77.95 million
Announced: By the LPGA, a new match-play tournament to be played this spring. The inaugural Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play will be held May 26-30 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, the tour said Thursday in a news release. The 64-player, $1.5 million event will expand the LPGA’s 2021 schedule to 35 events worth $77.95 million, which are both records for the 71-year-old tour. Bank of Hope had been associated with the LPGA as title sponsor of the Founders Cup in 2017-19. The LPGA Match Play field will be divided into 16 groups of four players for three days of round-robin matches to decide the 16-player bracket. The final 16 players will compete in single-elimination matches. Shadow Creek, a 1989 Tom Fazio design, had been a mysterious enclave for Vegas high-rollers before Nov. 23, 2018, when it played host to a PGA Tour exhibition, The Match: Tiger vs. Phil. In the made-for-TV exhibition, Phil Mickelson outlasted Tiger Woods in 22 holes. More recently, the course was the site of the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, won by Jason Kokrak on Oct. 18.
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