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KPMG Women's PGA Championship notes

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship starts, this week at Harrison, New York at the Westchester Country Club. It will be led by the PGA of America, but with the cooperation with the LPGA. The purse is the highest in women’s golf. It is $3.5 million. The winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will receive the trophy and exemption that last 5 years, into the 4 LPGA major championships. You must know that these major championships are: The Evian Championship, Ricoh Women’s British Open, ANA Inspiration and US Women’s Open Conducted by the USGA. 

The defending champion (two times) is Inbee Park. She is ranked No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. She won at the Monroe Country Club in 2014 and at Locust Hill Country Club in 2013. This championship was won by 6 golfers, but only Annika Sörenstam won it three straight times (2003-2005). Par can achieve the same result, if she wins the championship, this week. Also, she will reclaim No. 1 ranking. 

You may know that the RAMA (Rolex ANNIKA Major Award) is given, each year, to the player in the LPGA who is the best in major championships. The last winner of the award was Michelle Wie. She remembers that the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is responsible for extra incentive. Wie announced that winning the championship last year, gave her motivation and a lot of joy. 

Recently, Wie announced that she will be an ambassador for the PGA Junior League Golf. This league should introduce children under age 13 to the golf in a fun way. With this decision, she joined with Rory McIlroy, a defending PGA champion, who was an ambassador of the PGA Junior League Golf last year.