With the rise in popularity of golf as women’s sport, numerous competitions have arose giving women a chance to compete against each other—and even against men. However, we’ll focus on those played only against women. Below, we take a look at the tournaments recognized by the LPGA as majors (although those tournaments played in the U.S. are not recognized by the Ladies European Tour).
United States Women’s Open Golf Championship
This is the oldest tournament in the LPGA’s history—and the richest. While this tournament is not recognized across the world as a major championship, it does attract many international players. In fact, 2007 was the first time more international players than Americans competed. It is open to both professional and amateur players who have qualified, and there are no age restrictions. The location changes annually, but it’s almost always held in late July.
The ANA Inspiration—previous to 2015, called the Kraft Nabisco Championship—is the first tournament played in professional women’s golf as part of the LPGA Tour. It has been held annually at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California since 1972, and it became a major in 1983. This tournament is still sometimes referred to as the Dinah Shore (the tournament founder), and is played in late March or early April each year.
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is the second-longest running tournament in the LPGA right after the U.S. Women’s Open. Unlike the ANA Inspiration, this tournament is held at a different location in the U.S. almost every year. It has gone by many names, including most recently the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Women’s British Open
The Women’s British Open is recognized by both the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour, and it is commonly held in late July. As with many of the other tournaments, the location varies, although it has been held in either Scotland or England for the past two decades.
The Evian Championship
Played in France, the Evian Championship has been a LPGA event since 2000. Although it used to be played in late July, it is now played in September to accommodate schedules for the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour. Since 1994, the tournament has been held at the Evian Resort Golf Club.