The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), with IMG, has announced Chevron as the new title sponsor of The Chevron Championship through a six-year partnership.
The collaboration sees the energy corporation increase the prize fund by over 60% to $5 million, and additionally, the major will feature a player advisory board to ensure that the championship supports and attracts ‘leading LPGA Tour players’.
Mollie Marcoux Samaan, LPGA Commissioner, commented: “Welcoming another 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 for us.
“We are so grateful for Chevron’s extraordinary commitment to the LPGA and to the overall player experience and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”
Formerly the ANA Inspiration, the championship will take place at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, March 31-April 3, 2022.
As part of the new partnership, the Chevron tournament looks to move to a later date in the spring and as well as relocating to a new home. The company promises to bring the tradition of Mission Hills to the new venue.
Marcoux Samaan 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. We look forward to continuing to add to its footprint in the history of women’s sports.”
All Nippon Airways brand ANA supported the tournament for seven seasons and are continuing as a partner in 2022.
Ed McEnroe, SVP Golf Events at IMG, praised the support received from ANA and added: “They have been a wonderful partner over the past seven years and their support during this pandemic has really gone above and beyond given how seriously the airline industry has been impacted these past 18 months.
“We look forward to building on this great Championship’s legacy having celebrated its 50th edition only six months ago.”