Monday Scramble: U.S. Open as epic as Women's PGA?

By Ryan LavnerJune 13, 2016, 3:20 pm

Brooke Henderson wins an instant classic, Daniel Berger knocks down the door, a brutal U.S. Open looms and more in this week's edition of the Monday Scramble:

The only person with a wider smile today than Henderson is LPGA commissioner Mike Whan. Women’s golf was the big winner Sunday. 

Yes, technically, Henderson became the second-youngest major winner in history at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, but there was no shortage of heroines in the Pacific Northwest. 

In her first full season on tour, Henderson, 18, cemented her place among the game’s best players. Lydia Ko, 19, vying to become just the fifth woman to win three consecutive majors, proved gracious in defeat. Ariya Jutanugarn, 20, bidding for her fourth win in a row, powered her way to another high finish. And tree-lined Sahalee, left off the men’s and women’s major radar for nearly two decades, was a smashing success in its return to a big stage.

The final round of the Women's PGA was one of the most compelling in LPGA history, a highlight-reel finish even in a crowded sports week.

It's a dream scenario for Whan and the LPGA brass, and the rest of the major season could make 2016 a transformative year for the women's game.


1. For months, maybe even years now, all we’ve been hearing is how the future of the game is bright on the LPGA tour. Enough already.

Ko, Henderson, Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson – all 21 or younger – aren’t just the "future" of the women’s game. They’re the present, too.

It's obvious that they’re the best the LPGA has to offer – a quartet that is powerful, ambitious, compelling, fan-friendly and, most of all, loaded with talent. They've elevated the LPGA to another level, adding a dose of excitement that was sorely lacking over the past few years.

Make no mistake, the future IS bright, with another decade of intriguing duels sure to unfold. But the present is awfully good, too.    

2. Which Henderson shot was the most impressive during the Showdown at Sahalee? There were plenty to choose from during her closing 65.

From the 90-foot eagle on 11 to the 40-foot birdie on 17 to the 90-yard up-and-down on 18 to the cold-blooded 7-iron to 3 feet in the playoff, Henderson put on a clinic to capture her first major title.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Ko, who shot a bogey-free 66 of her own in the final round. “I just got outplayed.” 



3. As this season progressed, it became clear that Berger was on the verge of a breakthrough. The 2015 Rookie of the Year had six top-20 finishes in his last seven stroke-play starts entering last week's FedEx St. Jude Classic. 

With the victory, Berger moved from 25th to 12th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings. With his combination of talent and swagger, he would make a fun addition to the American squad come late September.

4. Dustin Johnson has eight consecutive seasons with a PGA Tour victory, and he’s had several chances this year to extend the longest active streak in the game.

He began the final round at Riviera, Houston and Memorial just one off the lead. He blew up on the weekend at Torrey Pines and on the final day at Doral. And even last week in Memphis he had a prime opportunity, only to shoot 73 in the third round. 

Surprising, sure, but he’ll enter this week’s Oakmont Open as one of the main protagonists. Again. He shot 29 on his final nine holes Sunday for a closing 63 and a second consecutive top-five finish.

“Right now I have a lot of confidence,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been playing really well.” 

And speaking of players who headed north with good vibes ... 



5. Phil Mickelson posted his third top-three finish in the past four years at the St. Jude Classic.

What will it mean for his Open chances? Consider this when filling out your major pools:

• The only other time Mickelson tied for second in Memphis, in 2013, he went on to hold the 54-hole lead the following week at Merion. We all know how that turned out. 

• In 2014, he was tied for fourth after three rounds before fading to a T-11. The following week, in his return to Pinehurst, he was 28th

• Last year, he finished joint third at TPC Southwind but never had a chance at Chambers Bay, tying for 64th

Lefty was No. 1 in putting in Memphis, pouring in a whopping 434 feet worth of putts over four days … but he also found less than half the fairways. That won’t fly at Oakmont. Mickelson has played there twice in competition, in the 1994 and ’07 U.S. Opens. He shot rounds of 74-77 at the ’07 Open – just the second time he’s missed the cut in the year’s second major. 

“It almost feels like the U.S. Open came a week early to finish another second place,” he smirked.   

6. Another big bopper is trending, as well: Brooks Koepka.

After a playoff loss at the Nelson, Koepka came back with a tie for second at the St. Jude, three shots behind Berger.

Most encouraging for this week’s Open? He was ranked inside the top 5 in strokes gained-tee to green, proximity to the hole and scrambling. 

“My game is peaking,” he said. 



7. Yes, indeed, it’s officially Oakmont Open week, which means we’re setting the over/under on the words “hard” and "tough" at 8,395.5 for the next seven days.

More than its church-pew bunkers or Johnny Miller's 63, Oakmont is best known among golf fans for its sheer difficulty. 

At 7,200 yards, it’s the shortest course on the Open rota. But the place isn’t tricked out, either – USGA setup czar Mike Davis said the fairways will be the same width, the rough will be the same length, the bunkers will be prepared the same way, the hole locations will be in the same areas and the greens speeds will be similar.

They just so happen to be the fastest, and most undulating, greens in golf.

Prior to 2007, the last five Opens held there were won with an under-par score. No one expects that to be the case this year, not with shoe-swallowing rough and greens that will push 14 1/2 on the Stimpmeter. Those who have seen the course already have noted the similarities to '07, when Angel Cabrera won at 5 over par. 

With rain and wind in the forecast, a har- … sorry, a brutal course will only get more difficult.

8. With all of that said, here are one man’s favorites for the U.S. Open:

  1. Jason Day: His driving, short game and course management are huge advantages at this type of test, which helps explain why he has four top-10s in five Open appearances.
  2. Dustin Johnson: If he’s driving the ball in play, few Open venues will set up better for him. It remains to be seen whether he can smartly navigate his way around such a demanding course.
  3. Rory McIlroy: Peaking at the right time, the only question mark is how his putting stroke will hold up on these torturous greens.
  4. Jordan Spieth: He tends to thrive at more difficult courses, which place a greater emphasis on the short game and reward discipline.
  5. Hideki Matsuyama: His iron play is so good that he’s bound to be in the mix, especially in what figures to be an over-par slugfest.
  6. Adam Scott: He’s cooled since a torrid spring, but his rock-solid game has produced top-15s in three of the past four Opens.
  7. Sergio Garcia: Back in the winner’s circle at the Nelson, but he opened with 79 the last time the Open was at Oakmont.
  8. Rickie Fowler: Which Fowler will show up this week: the one with six top-10s this season, or the guy who has two consecutive missed cuts and hasn’t been better than 30th in his past four majors?
  9. Patrick Reed: Something has to give this week: He has the most top-10s on Tour this season (nine), but he’s still looking for his first top-10 in a major.
  10. Justin Rose: The 2013 champion would be higher on this list if not for a back injury that knocked him out of the Memorial. Enters the week with seven top-20s in his past eight stroke-play events.

9. Want an indication of how this week will go? These Instagram posts from Justin Thomas, Byeong-Hun An and Max Kieffer should give you a pretty good idea.

Look, we're all for a gut-check U.S. Open, but when conditions are this severe, it negates some of the skill required to play the shots. 


Rough short of 17 green... Yeah, I'd say Oakmont is ready @usopengolf

A video posted by Justin Thomas (@justinthomas34) on


bit of slopes and fast green speed... @usopengolf #oakmont

A video posted by Byeong Hun An (@benan0917) on


Yes this will be a challenge! #usopen #oakmont

A video posted by Max Kieffer (@maxkieffer) on


10. Battling through a thumb injury, Inbee Park mercifully completed her eligibility for the LPGA Hall of Fame last week. At age 27, she is the youngest player to qualify for the Hall, her remarkable career (so far) producing 10 LPGA titles and seven major victories.

The next phase of her career is unclear. Park hinted at a long layoff because of the left thumb injury, and she said she would notify the Korean Olympic Committee next month about her availability for the Olympic Games. For the past few months, she has played through the injury in order to record 10 events in 10 seasons. She has only a pair of top-10s this year.

11. When will Tiger Woods return to competition? It’s looking more and more likely that it won’t be this season. 

Saying that he wasn’t “physically ready,” Woods bowed out of this week’s U.S. Open and the following week’s Quicken Loans National, which benefits his foundation. 

The number of possible return dates is dwindling. Though he could play the July 14-17 Open Championship or July 28-31 PGA, at this point it doesn’t make much sense to come back this season. The regular season ends Aug. 21, and Woods, who has not played at all this season, is unlikely to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Why rush back and risk re-injury when there is little chance of contending after nearly a year’s worth of competitive rust?



12. Bernhard Langer continues to amaze.

It’s funny now to think about how much angst there was about Langer post-anchoring ban. The ageless wonder is doing just fine. 

The 58-year-old won for the third time this season at the Senior Players Championship. He is second on the over-50 circuit in putting average and first in birdie average. Most impressively, he survived the ultimate test at Philadelphia Cricket Club, where windy conditions made putting with the unanchored long wand even trickier.

Langer will slow down eventually (right?), but it won't be anytime soon.


Michelle Wie’s abysmal season continued at the Women’s PGA Championship, where she shot rounds of 78-80 to miss her third consecutive cut.

Her travails stand in stark contrast to the brilliant play of the game's newest stars.

Wie's breakthrough win at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open was supposed to spur her on to great heights, to offset all of the middling years and to begin to fulfill her immense potential. Instead, it’s only served to measure how far she has fallen.

In the two injury-plagued years since, she is still waiting for another top-10 finish, let alone a title. After yet another early exit at Sahalee, Wie was skewered by a USA Today columnist for cutting off a 90-second interview

Now 26, Wie, sadly, is on the verge of being forgotten, passed over by players who are younger, more talented and, most of all, hungrier to succeed.

This week's award winners ... 


Last Laugh: Berger. On the eve of the final round, the 23-year-old discussed his relationship with Mickelson. "I like to call Phil Philip," Berger said. "He says only his wife calls him that, I can't call him that until I win on the PGA Tour. But I still call him that anyway. I don't care." And so after Berger raced past him on Sunday and won for the first time on Tour, Mickelson was asked again about their name game. "I just saw him inside," Lefty said. "Philip it is."

Irony: Steve Stricker qualifies for the Open Championship. After skipping the year's third major each of the past three years, Stricker was one of the four Open qualifiers in Memphis. He said his potential appearance at Troon will be a "game-time decision," because that week conflicts with his wedding anniversary.

Not Bad for a Golfer: Jason Day. Throwing out the first pitch for the Pirates-Cardinals game, the world No. 1 hurled a 53-mph fastball. Fortunately, no one was injured. 

Next LPGA Star Alert: Bronte Law. It was an impressive six days for the rising UCLA senior, who was named the Annika Award winner as the top player in women’s college golf, then became just the second Curtis Cup player in history to go 5-0 in a winning effort for Team GB&I.

First Time for Everything: Slow-play penalties at the Curtis Cup. During Saturday four-balls, U.S. team member Bailey Tardy was assessed a two-shot penalty for slow play. She lost the hole and the match, putting the Americans in an even bigger hole. U.S. captain Robin Burke said the penalty was in “poor taste” and that the Ladies Golf Union was inconsistent in doling out penalties and bad times. Sounds familiar.



See You Next Year?: Beau Hossler. What was supposed to be a busy summer of pro events has instead turned into a lot of downtime for one of the game’s next great talents. Injured during the NCAA semifinals, Hossler underwent shoulder surgery June 10 and likely won’t return to competition until early 2017.

End of an Era: Dunvegan Hotel. St. Andrews’ famed 19th hole will go on the market today after 23 years. Here’s hoping the next owners are as hospitable as Jack and Sheena Willoughby. 

Only One LPGAer Can Do This: Jutanugarn. If you need me, I'll be watching this on an endless loop all day.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Ryan Palmer. After a T-3 at Colonial and top-25s in three of his last four trips to Memphis, he was an obvious selection for the St. Jude … until he shot 8 over on the weekend and tied for 68th. Sigh. 

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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