Olympia Fields Country Club, one of the toughest golf courses, is all set to host this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second major championship of the year.
The 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is championships’ 63rd edition, scheduled for June 29 – July 2 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago. Known as the LPGA Championship through 2014, it will be the second of five major championships on the LPGA Tour during the 2017 season.
DSport will live telecast the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
The 2017 field is highlighted by the defending champion Brooke Henderson, who became the second-youngest player to win a major championship in LPGA history at last year’s event. She will be joined by World No. 1-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn, three-time champion Inbee Park, and World No. 2 Lydia Ko in the talent-rich field.
19 of the top-20 players in the Rolex Rankings and 100 of the top-100 players on the LPGA Tour money list are teeing it up outside Chicago. So YeonRyu, Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Brooke M. Henderson and Michelle Wie are among notables at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2017 this week at Olympia Fields, Illinois.
This week, So Yeon Ryu headlines the field as the newly minted world No. 1. She made the leap from No. 3 to No. 1 with her victory on Sunday at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and with her win, Ryu also became the first multiple winner of 2017 having also won the season’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration.
The world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, who did not play last week in Arkansas and lost the top spot in the Rolex Rankings, will give a tough fight to Ryu. In 2016 at Sahalee Country Club, Jutanugarn made a good run at the trophy by posting a final round 66 to finish solo third.
Finishing just ahead of Jutanugarn last year was the world No. 3 Lydia Ko, who came up just short of the title when she lost to Brooke Henderson on the first playoff hole to miss out on her third consecutive major title. She finished tied for fourth at the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. World No. 4 Lexi Thompson and No. 5 In Gee Chun round out the top-5 in the field this week. Thompson opened with over-par rounds last year at Sahalee and finished tied for 22nd that week. Chun is making her first start since withdrawing from the Meijer LPGA Classic due to illness. The two-time major champion finished tied for 30th at Sahalee Country Club in 2016.
Two members of the Ladies European Tour received special exemptions into the field this week at Olympia Fields. Klara Spilkova of the Czech Republic received an exemption for the second consecutive year to compete at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Spilkova currently leads the LET’s Order of Merit and already has a win under her belt this season with her one-stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen at the LallaMeryem Cup in April. Georgia Hall also received an exemption into the field this week where she will make her first appearance at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. But this isn’t her foray into a major championship; the LET member also competed at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open and 2013 ANA Inspiration.