New LPGA Tour Title Sponsor Brings Exciting Changes With Inaugural Tournament
A new title sponsor for the LPGA tour shared a major announcement that will directly update the full field of players — 120 in total — who are set to participate in the upcoming inaugural Mizuho Americas Open, which is slated for May 29 to June 4 at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. The tournament will be the first time the iconic golf club will host an LPGA event.
Mizuho Americas, one of the largest global financial institutions, revealed that the full field of players in the inaugural event will receive complimentary first-class lodging at the tournament.
The announcement was the latest in a series of updates from sponsors — which have included adding to purse sizes and payouts — amid LPGA athletes' criticism of alleged sexist behavior towards female golfers when compared to the perks enjoyed by their male peers on the PGA tour.
Mizuho Americas Open players will be put up in luxury accommodations just a short trip away from the course in nearby New York City. Accommodations will also include a ferry service for players that will transport them across the river and directly to the clubhouse.
"Our commitment to cover player lodging reinforces that our support of this event goes well beyond the golf course," said Shuji Matsuura, Mizuho Americas Chairman & CEO. "While hosting these world-class athletes on the LPGA tour is a privilege, elevating the overall experience for each player is a priority, and we are excited to provide this service to all participants."
In addition to lodging accommodations, the inaugural tournament will also see a sizable purse.
The Mizuho Americas Open will have a $2.75 million purse at stake. With that price tag, the tournament will become one of the largest non-Majors for players to chase after on the tour.
The mouthwatering payout tracks with record-setting growth seen on the LPGA in recent years as the tour continues to grow and attract fans. In 2023, the tour will see 33 events for $101.4 winnings up for grabs.
LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan commented on what the Mizuho Americas sponsorship means for the future of the tour.
"The leadership at Mizuho Americas continues to demonstrate their commitment to providing the ideal environment for our athletes to reach their peak performance and to leveling the playing field for the best female golfers in the world," Samaan said of the new title sponsor.
"From the elevated purse, to the iconic golf course, to providing this important and impactful player benefit, the Mizuho Americas Open will be one of the best stops on Tour."
"We are grateful to Mizuho for their commitment to our players on and off the golf course and for the value they see in partnering with the LPGA," Samaan added.
The LPGA, Mizuho Americas, and Liberty National Golf Club entered into a multi-year agreement to bring the title sponsorship to life.
Tour icon Michelle Wie West, who recently stepped back from the tour, will serve as the inaugural tournament Host and Mizuho Americas brand ambassador.