How to see who's playing in the LPGA season opener

How to see who’s playing in the LPGA season opener

The LPGA kicks off its 74th season this week in Orlando, Florida, where the world No. 16 Danielle Kang looks to defend his 2022 title at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. The field features 29 tournament winners from the past two seasons along with 53 celebrity players, who will play in a one-of-a-kind event beginning Thursday. The event format features 72 holes of stroke play for the pros and a modified 72-hole Stableford format for the celebrities.

The Tournament of Champions is the first of 33 events for the 2023 LPGA season, which boasts a record prize pool of $104.5 million. Prize money for the TOC is $1.5 million (which matches the smallest on the LPGA schedule), with $225,000 going to the champion. The celebrity and fan purse is $500,000, with the winner taking home $100,000.

How to watch the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions

You can watch the 2023 Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions on Golf Channel, Peacock, NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Here’s the full TV and streaming schedule:

  • Thursday January 19: noon-3 p.m. ET, Golf Channel and Peacock

  • Friday January 20: noon-3 p.m. ET, Golf Channel and Peacock

  • Saturday January 21: noon-3 p.m. ET, Golf Channel and Peacock

  • Sunday January 22: 2-5 p.m. ET, NBC and Peacock

Who is playing in the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions

The 2023 Tournament of Champions field is headlined by the world No. 2 Nelly Kordawho recently announced new endorsement deals with Nike and TaylorMade, last year’s No. 7 runner-up brooke henderson and new brand ambassador Hilton Grand Vacations No. 10 it was called hataoka. Celebrities include Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstamco-host of the “Today” show Dylan Dreyerand former Red Sox star Derek Lowewho edged out Sorenstam on the first playoff hole to win the celebrity/fan portion of last year’s event.

Also on the field are a host of first-time LPGA winners from last year, making their Tournament of Champions debuts, including:

  • jennifer kupcho2022 Chevron Championship

  • leone maguire2022 LPGA Drive On Championship

  • andrea lee2022 Amazing Cre Portland Classic

  • Ayaka FurueTrust Golf Women’s Scottish Open 2022

  • Jodi Ewart Shadoff2022 MEDIHEAL LPGA Championship

  • Ashleigh BuhaiAIG Women’s Open 2022

  • Nanna Kurtz Madsen2022 Honda LPGA Thailand

  • Paula ChallengeWomen’s Open CP 2022

  • gemma dryburgh2022 TOTO Japan Classic

  • maya starkISPS Handa World Invitational 2022

Among the notable absences this week is the world number 1 lydia kowho is still on their honeymoon after their wedding on December 30, and the winners of the 2022 majors minjee lee (US Women’s Open) and In Gee Chun (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship). Last year’s Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year, No. 4 Atthaya Thitifkul, and no. 9 Hyo Joo Kim did not enter the event, while No. 6 lexi thompson he did not qualify, as his last LPGA victory was in 2019.

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Previous LPGA winners tournament of champions

YEAR

WINNER

SCORE

MARGIN

RUNNER-UP

2022

Danielle Kang (USA)

16 minors 272

3 hits

Brooke Henderson

2021

jessica korda (USA)

24-under 260

won in the playoffs

Danielle Kang

2020

gabby lopez (Mexico)

13-under 271

won in the playoffs

Inbee Park, Nasa Hataoka

2019

eun hee ji (South Korea)

14-under 270

2 hits

Mirim Lee

Format for the Tournament of Champions 2023

LPGA professionals will compete in a 72-hole no-cut stroke-play event, while celebrities and amateurs alike will use the Modified Stableford scoring system. The player with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. A quick refresher on the modified Stableford format:

  • Double bogey = 0 points

  • Bogey = 1 point

  • Pair = 2 points

  • Little bird = 3 points

  • Eagle = 5 points

  • hole in one = 8 points

  • Albatross = 10 points

Last year at the 2022 Tournament of Champions

After losing to jessica korda in a playoff at TOC 2021, Danielle Kang he got some revenge at Lake Nona in 2022. He shot the lowest round of the day in Sunday’s final round, a four-under-par 68, to win by three shots over Brooke Henderson. Kang was the only player on the field to win four rounds in the 1960s and finished at 16-under 272 to clinch the sixth LPGA title of her career.

She played just 18 events last year, sitting out most of the summer after revealing last June that she had a spinal tumor. The now 30-year-old returned to competition in late August and posted three top-10 finishes in seven starts to end the season, including a solo second-place finish at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and a T-3 at the LPGA Championship. MEDIHEAL.

More about Lake Nona Golf and Country Club

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, located in Orlando, Florida, was designed by tom fazio and opened in 1986. The par-72 layout stretches 6,617 yards and, notably, was the site of the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990, when the United States defeated Europe 11½ to 4½. Fazio’s classic creation, his first solo layout, features four par 5s and four par 3s and is home to 16 LPGA and Ladies’ European Tour players.

The NBC Sports Golf Investigative Team contributed to this report.

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