2001 US Open - Lee Westwood News Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
LEE WESTWOOD: Yeah, I think U.S. Open venues in general tend to suit my game, because I hit the ball fairly straight. And they don't tend to be overly long, because they use the old traditional style courses a lot. I think there's a lot of thinking involved. On this one it would seem to suit a right-to-left player, more than left-to-right. But I think you can normally get around most courses with straight shots. So I think it's a good course. I enjoyed playing it yesterday, looking forward to the tournament starting.
 
Q. Do you have any thoughts as to why Europeans have not fared as well in the Open. The last European to win was in 1971 or '70. Any thoughts on why that might be?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: No, not really. I think obviously Monty was unlucky not to win the U.S. Open, or a couple, that would have swung the balance. But these trends happen. Say, why the trends happen in The Masters where we won a few consecutively. It's a bit unfair to say we didn't do very well last year, the Europeans, in the U.S. Open, if you take out Tiger. Jimenez finished 2nd, Ernie is a European Tour member. Padraig was tied 5th with myself. I think Faldo was a shot further back. It's not bad for the Top-10 in the U.S. Open. There's five I've reeled off or six I've reeled off already. I think last year we proved that we can play U.S. Open courses.
 
Q. Lee, one British bookmaker said you had a 66 to 1 chance this week. Is that a bit insulating?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Do I find it insulating? No, no, I took it (laughter.)
 
Q. First off, congratulations on the baby.
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Thank you.
 
Q. Unlike last year at Pebble Beach, which is a course that many people said suited the European players, it's cool and damp and the links type of style of play. This course features very hot temperatures. The thick bermudagrass you don't find in Europe. How do you think the Europeans will fare, not being accustomed to playing in the heat and hitting out of that type of a rough, is that going to be a major adjustment?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I heard most of that about the weather. I didn't hear the last bit.
 
Q. This course has certain challenges that you don't find in Europe: A, the temperatures are very oppressive
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I'll address that one first.
 
Q. You got that one.
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Yeah.
 
Q. And the nature of the rough is something that is very unique to hot climate -- this type of grass you don't find in Europe. I just want to know your thoughts on that?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I don't know if you've looked at the European Tour schedule, the first four months of the year encompassed Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, places where it tends to get fairly hot. We do have a fair amount of practice in these conditions. And as far as the rough is concerned, I don't think the rough this week's as severe as other U.S. Open tests I've seen. Certainly around the greens it's not as thick and wiry. You can almost play a proper chip shot out of it. Obviously down the sides of the fairways, you tend to hack out and leave a nice distance in for your third shot, if you do miss the fairways. But certainly around the greens you've got half a chance of getting up-and-down with an almost normal shot. But I think as far as the weather conditions are concerned we play in these conditions regularly at the start of the years. It's pretty hot in Malaysia, if you ever decided to go there.
 
Q. Lee, a lot has been made about Tiger's streak of four major championships in a row. Where would you rank that among greatest sports feats in history? And what do you think are some of the best feats accomplished in sports?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Can I have overnight to think about it? I haven't thought about it, to be honest. I think probably the biggest feat that's ever occurred in golf. I can't really talk about other sports, because I've not really thought about it or looked into it. He obviously did very, very well, nobody ever thought anybody would hold all four majors in one time. That's the stature he has at the moment.
 
Q. Lee, you've had a lot of time off given the birth of your new child. Give us the state of your game and has that rest helped you or hindered you or are you where you want to be in preparation for the Open?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Well, my game is exactly where I want it to be, for the U.S. Open, over the last couple of weeks. My game has improved dramatically each week. I think the rest has -- if you can call two hours sleep -- in periods of two hours sleep rest. If you can call that rest, I think the time off really did me good. I think a break from the game is what I needed after the previous four or five years of playing solid competitive golf with maybe three weeks off being the longest break I had. But as far as my game is concerned it's pretty sharp and I feel good enough to win this week.
 
Q. Lee, the hole 5, can you drive it in two? Can you get there in two shots?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Yeah, I played it on Monday, and I hit driver, driver on the front edge there. But didn't hit such a good drive down there yesterday, I got a 3-wood down there, because it went in to the right, I got about 10 yards, 15 yards short of the front edge. But I don't particularly think it's a great idea to go for it in two, because it's a very small, severe green. And I think you'll probably make more birdies laying up 80, 90 yards short and hitting it in where you've got more control.
 
Q. I have a Ryder Cup question. With what happened in '99 and with the books being written by both sides, do you feel the competition has gotten a little too antagonistic and intense?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I don't think there's anything wrong with intensity of the competition. I think it's good. I think it's great that both sets of players feel strongly about representing their continents. If it had been me, I wouldn't probably have written a book about the Ryder Cup, but that's just my opinion. I think Jesse (James) is well within his rights to write a book, and so is Ben. But the episode at Brookline is best left alone and forgotten, really. I think both sets of players have learned from it. And I can't see it happening again. You don't particularly want that sort of thing in golf, anyway. I think the game of golf is above that sort of thing.
 
Q. Lee, how much did you have on yourself at 66 to 1, and does the fact --?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I almost put that straight. If I can get 66, I'd be delighted.
 
Q. You said you're good enough to win, so that's immediately come down?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Sorry, I didn't get that.
 
Q. You wouldn't now, because you've just said you're good enough to win, so I think Ladbrokes is going to react to that quickly.
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Unless this is going out live to them in England. I should get on the phone as soon as I leave here.
 
Q. Since you haven't been in contention for a while, does this have any negative effects, or is it like riding a bike?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I think it's like riding a bike. I don't know how to put this. I've won 24 times in five years, that's more chances than anybody else has had in the world to win, I suppose, other than one man. So as far as knowing how to win and being in that situation, I've been in it more than anybody else apart from one person. So you might look at other guys that are better shot odds than me, and I've won more recently than them, so I don't think that's a lot to do with it.
 
Q. 63 is the best single round anyone has shot. With the way technology is going, with the way golfers are getting better and better, is it ridiculous to think 62 could happen in a round at Southern Hills? Is that an unreachable feat or is that a possible thing?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I'd like to shake the hand of the man that shoots 62 around here this week. I think this is one of the hardest U.S. Open venues I've seen, but also the fairest. You get exactly what you see. I think it's a great venue and I can't see anybody shooting 62. I don't think technology has advanced that far yet.
 
Q. Lee, a few suggestions that Tiger added is maybe it was easier than it should have, because players have been scared of him. Do you think that fear exists and what do players do to overcome it?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I don't think any major championship is easy. It didn't look particularly easy when he holed it out on the last at the Masters. I had the benefit of watching it on TV, and trust me, winning did not look easy. They put pressure on him and he was able to step up to another level. So I think certain players, he plays with their minds, but I think the realistic contenders for majors, I don't think he would have that effect.
 
Q. Lee, in looking over this golf course, are there critical set of holes that players have to perform particularly well or be mindful of for them to be successful this week?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Yeah, 1 through 18. There are no holes out there that you don't have to be particularly mindful of, because as soon as you miss -- as soon as you miss a fairway by a couple of yards, then it immediately becomes a bogey chance. And sometimes if you're on the middle of the fairway and you still have to play your second shot in, there's still a chance you're going to make bogey or double, depending on how you execute your second shot. So there's no particularly stretch of holes. I've watched the TV coverage and people say 7 through 12 is difficult. But trust me, 1 through 7 or 13 through 18 is not an easy stretch. Just finding things to fill their time.
 
Q. Where are you in your plan to build a swing to win major championships, which a few weeks ago you told us you were going off to do?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: It's improving very quickly. My game is certainly good enough to win this week. And hopefully it will keep improving all the time. And hopefully it will keep improving as the week goes on. It's ticking along nicely. It's improving quick enough.
 
Q. About a month ago Jack Nicklaus said in a lengthy interview that while acknowledging the remarkable accomplishments of Tiger, the real test will come to see how he's able to play once you mix in the responsibilities of family and parenthood and that sort of thing, as he did. He was married very young in his career and carted children around in a station wagon and that sort of thing. You're a father now, if you can comment a little bit about the intensity of playing combined with the other responsibilities that you now have, how does that affect your play?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Obviously, when you get married and have children it changes your priorities and focuses to a certain extent. But I would say I'm no less focused now than I was this time last year or back in 1998 when I wasn't married to my wife. I think if you find the right person they're a hundred percent supportive behind you and they allow you to get on with what you do well. It's entirely up to him whether he wants to get married. You don't know what he's got planned, do you? I would say one thing: I think Tiger has never had a bad patch in his career, and he may never have a bad patch in his career, but only then, more than getting married and having kids, then we'll find out how good he is, and what kind of person he is, when he does go through a slump, if he should go through a slump, see how he comes out of that at the other end.
 
Q. You mentioned the fairness of the golf course, and there's been some discussion about 9 and 18 and their relative fairness, do you have any comment about how severe 18 in particular is, and what's going on as far as adjusting that at this point?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I don't think 9 is too severe, because 9 is a 3-wood, 9-iron. And I think 18 the green is a little severe. But the 18th hole of the U.S. Open is always going to be difficult.
 
Q. Will you be able to keep it on the green?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: I didn't hit a very good driver yesterday and I couldn't reach the green in two. Obviously, I think everybody has said that the 18th green is a little bit severe. The USGA obviously is aware of that and they'll do everything they can to rectify it before the tournament starts tomorrow. What they're going to be able to do is -- well, I don't know -- I don't know how quick they can grow grass, and I don't know how quick they can get the builders in to tilt the front of the green up. So I don't think we'll see much change. If they're sensible with the flag positions I don't think there will be too much of a problem. Somebody will walk off that green Sunday night happy.
 
Q. Did you get up-and-down?
 
LEE WESTWOOD: Yes, I did, actually. There, USGA, there's more than one way to skin a cat.
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NBC Sports' Coverage of LPGA Tour in 2017 Most-Viewed Season Ever for NBC Sports

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 13, 2017, 8:45 pm

NBC Sports’ LPGA Tour Coverage Ties 2013 for Most-Watched Year Since 2011

NBC and Golf Channel Boast Top-6 Most-Watched Women’s Golf Telecasts in 2017

Beginning with the dramatic playoff finish at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in January and concluding with Lexi Thompson winning the $1 million Race to the CME Globe, nearly 22 million viewers tuned in to LPGA Tour coverage across Golf Channel and NBC in 2017. This makes 2017 the most-viewed LPGA Tour season across NBC Sports since Golf Channel joined the NBC Sports Group in 2011. Additionally, 2017 tied 2013 as the LPGA Tour’s most-watched year across NBC Sports since 2011. Coverage drew an average of 221,000 viewers per telecast in 2017 (+24% vs. 2016), according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

NBC SPORTS GROUP CLAIMS TOP-6 MOST-WATCHED WOMEN’S GOLF TELECASTS IN ‘17

For the first time ever in televised women’s golf, Sunday’s final round of the RICOH Women’s British Open (Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, 1.1 million viewers) delivered the most-watched and highest-rated women’s golf telecast of the year. NBC’s Saturday (Day 2) coverage of the Solheim Cup in August placed second with 968,000 viewers, followed by Sunday’s Solheim Cup coverage on NBC with 946,000 viewers. Golf Channel’s live coverage of Sunday’s final day of the Solheim Cup drew 795,000 viewers, the most-watched women’s golf event on cable in eight years.

Rank

Network

Event

Day

Avg. Viewers P2+

1

NBC

RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

Sunday

1,100,526

2

NBC

SOLHEIM CUP

Saturday

968,202

3

NBC

SOLHEIM CUP

Sunday

946,387

4

NBC

KPMG WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday

839,983

5

NBC

RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

Saturday

808,578

6

GOLF

SOLHEIM CUP

Sunday

795,000

ADDITIONAL VIEWERSHIP MILESTONES FOR WOMEN’S GOLF IN 2017

  • ANA Inspiration - The LPGA’s first major championship delivered thefifth most-watched LPGA final round in Golf Channel history with 551,000 viewers when So Yeon Ryu defeated Lexi Thompson in a playoff following Thompson being assessed a four-stroke penalty earlier in the final round.
  • KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – The LPGA’s second major was seen by 6.6 million viewers across Golf Channel and NBC, the largest audience for the event on record (2006-17). Sunday’s final round on NBC, which saw Danielle Kang win her first LPGA Tour event over defending champion Brooke Henderson, also was the most-watched telecast in the event’s history with 840,000 average viewers.
  • RICOH Women’s British Open – NBC’s Sunday coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open delivered the most-watched and highest-rated women’s golf telecast in 2017 (.78 U.S. HH rating, 1.1 million viewers). In total, 7 million unique viewers tuned in to coverage across Golf Channel and NBC, the most-watched RICOH Women’s British Open in the past 10 years and the most-watched among the five women’s major championships in 2017.
  • Solheim Cup – Seen by a total audience of 7.3 million viewers across Golf Channel and NBC, the Solheim Cup posted the largest total audience for women’s golf since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on ESPN/NBC. Golf Channel’s live coverage of the final day drew 795,000 average viewers, becoming the most-watched women’s golf telecast on cable in the last eight years, since the final day of the 2009 Solheim Cup.

GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL POSTS RECORD STREAMING CONSUMPTION

Golf Channel Digital posted record numbers of LPGA streaming consumption with 11.9 million live minutes streamed across LPGA Tour telecasts in 2017 (+563% vs. 2016).

  • Solheim Cup – Three-day coverage of the Solheim Cup saw 6.3 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports’ Digital platforms, trailing only the 2016 Rio Olympics (9 million) as the most-ever for a women’s golf event airing on Golf Channel / NBC.
  • RICOH Women’s British Open – Four-day coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open saw 2 million minutes streamed, +773% vs. 2016.

NBC Sports Group combined to air 31 LPGA Tour events in 2017 and a total of 420 hours of coverage, the most in LPGA history. The exclusive cable home to the LPGA Tour, Golf Channel aired coverage of four of five women’s major championships in 2017, with three majors also airing on NBC: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, RICOH Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship. The biennial Solheim Cup also returned to network television for the first time in 15 years with weekend coverage on NBC.

Source: Nielsen 2017 Live+Same Day DVR vs. prior available data. Persons 2+ avg 000’s and/or Persons 2+ reach w/six-minute qualifier. Digital Metrics from Adobe Reports & Analytics. Details available.

Hensby takes full responsibility for violation

By Rex HoggardDecember 13, 2017, 5:28 pm

The PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Program manual covers 48 pages of details, from the pressing to the mundane, but for Mark Hensby the key section of the policy could be found on Page 5.

“The collector may allow you to delay reporting to the testing area for unavoidable obligations; however, you will be monitored from the time of notification until completion of the sample collection process,” the policy reads. “A failure to report to the testing area by the required time is the same as a doping violation under the program.”

Hensby, a 46-year-old former Tour winner from Australia, didn’t read that section, or any other part of the manual. In fact, he said he hasn’t received the circuit’s anti-doping manual in years. Not that he uses that as an excuse.

To be clear, Hensby doesn’t blame his anti-doping plight on anyone else.

“At the end of the day it’s my responsibility. I take full responsibility,” he told GolfChannel.com.

Like Doug Barron, Scott Stallings and even Vijay Singh before him, Hensby ran afoul of the Tour’s anti-doping policy because, essentially, of a clerical error. There were no failed tests, no in-depth investigations, no seedy entourages who sent Hensby down a dark road of performance-enhancing drug use.

Just a simple misunderstanding combined with bad timing.

Hensby, who last played a full season on Tour in 2003, had just completed the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship when he was approached by a member of the Tour’s anti-doping testing staff. He was angry about his play and had just used the restroom on the 17th hole and, he admits, was in no mood to wait around to take the urine test.

“Once I said, ‘Can I take it in the morning,’ [the Tour’s anti-doping official] said, ‘We can’t hold you here,’” Hensby recalled. “I just left.”

Not one but two officials called Hensby that night to ask why he’d declined to take the test, and he said he was even advised to return to the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) to take the test, which is curious because the policy doesn’t allow for such gaps between notification of a test and the actual testing.

According to the policy, a player is considered in violation of the program if he leaves the presence of the doping control officers without providing the required sample.

A Tour official declined to comment on the matter citing the circuit’s policy not to comment on doping violations beyond the initial disclosure.

A week later, Hensby was informed he was in violation of the Tour’s policy and although he submitted a letter to the commissioner explaining the reasons for his failure to take the test he was told he would be suspended from playing in any Tour-sanctioned events (including events on the Web.com Tour) for a year.

“I understand now what the consequences are, but you know I’ve been banned for a performance-enhancing drug violation, and I don’t take performance-enhancing drugs,” Hensby said.

Hensby isn’t challenging his suspension nor did he have any interest in criticizing the Tour’s policy, instead his message two days after the circuit announced the suspension was focused on his fellow Tour members.

“I think the players need to read that manual really, really well. There are things I wasn’t aware of and I think other players weren’t aware of either,” he said. “You have to read the manual.”

It was a similar message Stallings offered following his 90-day suspension in 2015 after he turned himself in for using DHEA, an anabolic agent that is the precursor to testosterone production and banned by the Tour.

“This whole thing was a unique situation that could have been dealt with differently, but I made a mistake and I owned up to it,” Stallings said at the time.

Barron’s 2009 suspension, which was for a year, also could have been avoided after he tested positive for supplemental testosterone and a beta-blocker, both of which were prescribed by a doctor for what were by many accounts legitimate health issues.

And Singh’s case, well that chapter is still pending in the New York Supreme Court, but the essential element of the Fijian’s violation was based on his admitted use of deer-antler spray, which contained a compound called IGF-1. Although IGF-1 is a banned substance, the World Anti-Doping Agency has ruled that the use of deer-antler spray is not a violation if an athlete doesn’t fail a drug test. Singh never failed a test.

The Tour’s anti-doping history is littered with cases that could have been avoided, cases that should have been avoided. Despite the circuit’s best educational efforts, it’s been these relatively innocent violations that have defined the program.

In retrospect, Hensby knows he should have taken the test. He said he had nothing to hide, but anger got the best of him.

“To be honest, it would have been hard, the way I was feeling that day, I know I’m a hothead at times, but I would have probably stayed [had he known the consequences],” he admitted. “You’ve got to understand that if you have too much water you can’t get a test either and then you have to stay even longer.”

Hensby said before his run in with the anti-doping small print he wasn’t sure what his professional future would be, but his suspension has given him perspective and a unique motivation.

“I was talking to my wife last night, I have a little boy, it’s been a long month,” said Hensby after dropping his son, Caden, off at school. “I think I have a little more drive now and when I come back. I wasn’t going to play anymore, but when I do come back I am going to be motivated.”

He’s also going to be informed when it comes to the Tour’s anti-doping policy, and he hopes his follow professionals take a similar interest.

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Lesson with Woods fetches $210K for Harvey relief

By Will GrayDecember 13, 2017, 2:51 pm

A charity event featuring more than two dozen pro golfers raised more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks in large part to a hefty price paid for a private lesson with Tiger Woods.

The pro-am fundraiser was organized by Chris Stroud, winner of the Barracuda Championship this summer, and fellow pro and Houston resident Bobby Gates. It was held at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour outside Houston and the first Woods-designed course to open in the U.S.

The big-ticket item on the auction block was a private, two-person lesson with Woods at Bluejack National that sold for a whopping $210,000.

Other participants included local residents like Stacy Lewis, Patrick Reed and Steve Elkington as well as local celebrities like NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

Stroud was vocal in his efforts to help Houston rebuild in the immediate aftermath of the storm that ravaged the city in August, and he told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to continue fundraising efforts even after eclipsing the event's $1 million goal.

"This is the best event I have ever been a part of, and this is just a start," Stroud said. "We have a long way to go for recovery to this city, and we want to keep going with this and raise as much as we can and help as many victims as we can."

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LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse

By Randall MellDecember 13, 2017, 2:02 pm

The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.

While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.

The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).

The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.

An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.

The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.

The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.

Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:

Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million

Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million

Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million

March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million

March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million

March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million

March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million

April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million

April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million

April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million

May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million

May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million

May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million

May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million

June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million

June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million

June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million

June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million

July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million

July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million

July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million

Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million

Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million

Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million

Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million

Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million

Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million

Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million

Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million

Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million

Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million