Big changes are coming to the first women’s major of the season.
The ANA Inspiration is becoming The Chevron Championship as part of a new six-year partnership announced by the LPGA.
As part of the deal, car giant Chevron will increase the prize fund for the 2022 championship by over 60% to $5 million.
The tournament will also move away from its long-standing home at
Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, after the 2022
event. As part of this new era, The Chevron Championship will switch to a
later date in the spring and will relocate to a new home, which will
most likely be in the greater Houston area starting in 2023.
That means no more leaping into Poppie’s Pond.
Switching to a new date allowed the LPGA to secure a long-term
commitment from NBC Sports to air the Championship on network TV.
is proud to become the title sponsor of this great championship,
which brings together some of the most talented athletes in the world,”
said Michael Wirth, chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation. “We look
forward to partnering with the LPGA and IMG to further champion women in
sports, the workplace and society.”
Marcoux Samaan, LPGA commissioner, commented: “We could not be more
excited to announce our partnership with Chevron.
leading global company to our portfolio of sponsors that believes in the
power of the LPGA to inspire women leaders, to showcase human
performance at the highest level and to highlight the importance of
diversity and inclusion in all facets of life, is truly game-changing
added: “We do not make the move lightly. Since David Foster and Dinah
Shore created this competition in 1972, it has held a special place in
the hearts of our players and fans around the world. No matter where it
is held, Dinah and her influence, along with the history built at
Mission Hills, will be an integral part of The Chevron Championship.”