The top women golfers in the world take center stage at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week for the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
The golf course was home to the international men’s tournament, the Ryder Cup, in 2016, and will be its home again in 2028.
“For us at the PGA of America, we always want to take our championships to the highly contested traditional amazing competitive venues for everything we do, and that’s including the women,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley at a press conference last month.
“There’s been U.S. Women’s opens at Hazeltine, and now we have the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship there. So for us it couldn’t be more exciting to be on a venue like Hazeltine,” she added.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is one of five majors in the LPGA and has one of the largest purses on the tour. The event, in its 65th year, was won by Republic of Korea’s Sung Hyun Park in 2018.
The field of 156 golfers includes active LPGA and/or World Golf Hall of Fame members and past KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winners, along with professionals ranked No. 1-30 on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of May 21.
The field represents nearly 30 different countries from around the globe.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to see not just the best players that you may know from NCAAs, but the LPGA, and the folks that qualify for this event are the best in the world. So this is like the Olympics coming to your community,” said Roberta Bowman, LPGA chief brand and communications officer.
“It’s a place where dreams come true. Not just for the winner, but it actually is a dream for everyone in the event to play in a major. But the other dreams are the dreams that are just ignited that day, from seeing the best in the world do what they do and create new opportunities and new ideas,” she added.
Here are some things to know about the tournament, from A-Z:
A: Activities for youth and their families will be featured on “Youth Day,” Saturday, June 22, during the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Included is a Fun Zone on the practice greens, complimentary instruction on driving, chipping and/or putting, and a souvenir championship-branded golf ball to take home.
B: Backpacks of any size and drawstring bags are not permitted. Review the bag policy before heading to the course.
C: Cameras are only allowed at Hazeltine National Golf Club during Practice Rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, and are not permitted on site during Championship Rounds, Thursday through Sunday.
D: Dates of the tournament are Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23.
E: Explore Chaska! Once you’ve experienced major championship golf, take an opportunity to see what the area has to offer — activities, attractions, shopping — the area has it all. To learn more go to: swmetrochamber.com.
F: Format is 72 holes with a yardage of 6,807 yards per round.
G: Gate hours are 7 a.m.-8:45 p.m., Thursday & Friday; 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
H: Hungry? There will be booths serving food and drinks at the tournament.
I: The information board at the south entrance will have daily pairings and score updates.
J: Jeer not. Everyone is requested to display traditional customs of etiquette, decorum and behavior, and to obey all championship policies, signs and verbal instructions of championship officials. Protests of any type are forbidden.
K: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship combines an annual major golf championship with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and an ongoing charitable initiative called the KPMG Future Leaders Program — all focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.
L: Speakers at the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit (not open to the public) include former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Olympian soccer player Mia Hamm.
M: To honor the men and women who serve in the military, the championship offers active duty, retirees, active reserve, National Guard, veterans and their accompanying guest (limit one) complimentary daily grounds tickets.
N: Newtown Square in Pennsylvania is home to the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championships.
O: On the line is a $3.85 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf.
P: Free public parking is located on site at Hazeltine National Golf Club. In the event of inclement weather, the lot for general public will be at Canterbury Park.
Q: Don't quit! Live coverage is provided by GOLF Channel and NBC, with nearly 40 hours of comprehensive news and tournament recaps. Live coverage is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21. NBC is live from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23.
R: All spectators using rideshare services, such as Uber or Lyft, will be dropped off and picked up at designated spots in a rideshare lot, located across Hundertmark Road in the Kohl’s parking lot.
S: Sung Hyun Park defeated So Yeon Ryu and Nasa Hataoka on the second extra hole to win her second major title and fourth career victory on the LPGA in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
T: Tickets are available online now to take advantage of advance-of-gate pricing. Tickets will also be available at the gate during the championship. Thursday and Friday grounds tickets are $30 with Saturday and Sunday priced at $35.
U: More than 33 percent of the field comes from the United States of America. Sarah Burnham, former state champion at Wayzata High School, a native of Maple Grove, is the lone Minnesotan in the field.
V: There are roughly 1,500 volunteers on 32 different committees.
W: Walk-ins are encouraged and there will be available space to lock up bikes at the North Entrance off of Hundertmark Road.
X: Excellent track record. Hazeltine has a long history of championships, including two women’s U.S. Opens in 1966 and 1977.
Y: Youth 17 years of age and younger will be admitted into the championship grounds for free with an accompanying ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult will be permitted four junior daily tickets at no additional charge. Junior tickets are picked-up onsite at the Admission Sales & Will Call Office.
Z: Keep up with the zeal. For more information, visit www.kpmgwomenspgachampionship.com.