Welcome to a major week on the LPGA! — the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, formerly known as the LPGA Championship, is taking place at Westchester Country Club.
Last May, the LPGA, KPMG and the PGA of America announced they were collaborating to create a multi-faceted program focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The event was given a new identity — and not per se replacing the LPGA Championship, rather “elevating” it.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship as the second-longest running tournament in the history of the LPGA. It is one of five majors in women’s golf, which consist of the ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.
The tournament will rotate annually to esteemed courses in major metropolitan markets, beginning with Westchester Country Club this year.
Past LPGA Champions include many of the greatest names in women’s golf: Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Cristie Kerr and defending champion Inbee Park. Last year Park successfully defended the championship and became the fifth player to win the championship in consecutive years joining: Mickey Wright (1960-1961), Patty Sheehan (1983-1984), Juli Inkster (1999-2000), and Annika Sorenstam (2003-2005). Park will attempt to join Sorenstam as the only players to win the championship in three straight years.
I spoke with a few of the big names in the field on Tuesday. First, I ran into England’s Charley Hull, who is enjoying her rookie year on the LPGA. This interview was conducted on Periscope, which you can still watch on the app.
Next, I chatted with Brittany Lang, who finished second last week at the Manulife Classic.
I also caught up with Cristie Kerr after her pre-tourney press conference.
Finally, I talked with Lexi Thompson.
FYI: These interviews will be taken down within 48 hours of the finish of the tournament on Sunday, according to LPGA regulations, so check them out while you can!
I’m supposed to chat with Michelle Wie, as well, after she finishes her pro-am, but I might need to jet before that because I’m going to the MET Golf Writer’s dinner.