Announced: By the R&A, that $1.25 million will be added to the prize fund for the Women’s British Open, bumping the purse to $4.5 million. The winner will be paid $675,000. The Women’s British Open will offer the second-highest purse among the LPGA’s five major championships, behind only the U.S. Women’s Open, which offered a $5.5 million purse, of which $1 million went to winner Jeongeun Lee6. “This is an important first step,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement, “and we know it will take time to move closer to achieving parity with the men’s game.” Next week’s men’s British Open, the oldest championship in golf, will offer a $10.75 million purse, including $1.935 million to the winner. That is up from last year’s $10.5 million purse and $1.89 million winner’s check. The Women’s British Open will be played Aug. 1-4 at Woburn (England) Golf Club’s Marquess Course.
Scheduled: By the LPGA, the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship, to be played May 14-17 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla. Pelican, formerly known as Belleview Biltmore Golf Club and designed by Donald Ross in 1925, underwent major renovations by new owners in 2017. The tournament brings to four the number of LPGA stops in Florida next year: season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, on Jan. 16-19 in Lake Buena Vista; inaugural Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, on Jan. 23-26 in Boca Raton; and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, on Nov. 19-22 in Naples. The LPGA is not expected to release its entire 2020 schedule until this fall.
Withdrew: Todd Hamilton, from next week’s British Open, the R&A reported. Hamilton, 53, an American and the 2004 Open champion, cited undisclosed family reasons. He was replaced in the field by Chile’s Joaquin Niemann. The next alternates, in order: Kevin Streelman (U.S.), Rory Sabbatini (Slovakia) and Brian Harman (U.S.).