The six new spots will be extended to one Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) member, one Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association
(JLPGA) member and one Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) member who are not otherwise qualified, and who are also within the top two positions on their tours' respective money lists. The remaining spots will go to one leading amateur and to the next two LPGA Tour professionals off of the LPGA priority
'The breadth and depth of women's golf has grown tremendously in recent years all across the globe,' said Ty M. Votaw, LPGA commissioner. 'With these changes to the eligibility criteria, the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, an always competitive event, will now feature a field that truly encompasses the best in the world of women's golf.'
If the top-ranked player from the KLPGA, JLPGA or LET is not available to participate then the second-ranked player on each tour's current money list would be eligible to compete.
The $1.8 million tournament is the second-longest running tournament in LPGA history and now offers the second-largest field of the LPGA's 34 events this season. Only the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open are larger with 156 players.
The McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola will still feature six LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) members, as the winner of the LPGA T&CP National Championship and the five winners of the LPGA T&CP Sectional Championships earn spots in the field.
Annika Sorenstam is the two-time, defending champion and will attempt to become the first LPGA player to win a major championship three-consecutive years.
Four players, including Sorenstam, have won the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola in consecutive years.