Women's Open: Purse raised to $4M; date to change


PINEHURST, N.C. – The women in the world are playing for a little extra this week at Pinehurst No. 2.

The USGA confirmed Wednesday that the purse for this week’s U.S. Women’s Open will be increased to $4 million, up from $3.25 million last year. The winner will receive $720,000, up $135,000 from the check Inbee Park received in 2013. The runner-up will receive $432,000, while a 10th-place finish will net just under $96,000.

The USGA also announced a pair of changes for the event moving forward. Beginning in 2015 at Lancaster (Penn.) Country Club, each of the top 50 in the Rolex Rankings will receive an exemption into the field. That is an increase from the current exemption, used by the USGA since 2012, which is offered to only the top 25 in the Rolex Rankings.

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Additionally, USGA championship committee chair Dan Burton confirmed that beginning with the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek, the event will be moved up in the schedule. The event will precede the U.S. Open on the calendar, with practice rounds scheduled around Memorial Day and the tournament concluding on the first Sunday in June.

“Making this permanent change allows us to elevate the visibility of the Women’s Open and provide optimum agronomic and playing conditions on a much broader variety of golf courses around the country,” Burton said. “We believe this will make our best championship in women’s golf even better.”