The details are out on the LPGA’s upcoming match-play event in Las Vegas. The LPGA has announced that the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play will be hosted by Shadow Creek, a Tom Fazio design owned by MGM Resorts International. The event, to be played May 26-30, will feature a 64-player field and a $1.5 million purse.
Bank of Hope previously sponsored the Founders Cup from 2017 to 2019. Shadow Creek played hosted to the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup last October and The Match: Tiger vs. Phil in 2018.
MGM has supported several LPGA players over the years as part of its Golf Ambassador program including Natalie Gulbis, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Alison Lee, Anna Nordqvist and Michelle Wie West.
This marks the first match-play event on the LPGA’s schedule since the 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico, won by Sei Young Kim. That event was not televised.
The field at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play Hosted by Shadow Creek will be divided into 16 groups of four players, with three days of round-robin matches deciding the final 16-player bracket. From there, the tournament will proceed in single-elimination matches to determine the two players who will face off in Sunday’s championship match. The LPGA will release full qualification and tiebreaker information in the coming weeks.
The Shadow Creek event will be held the week before the U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic Club and will be televised live on Golf Channel all five days (Wednesday through Sunday).
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