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John Reitman

By John Reitman

ProMedica backing boosts status of U.S. Women's Open


The good news continues to pour in at Inverness Club.

Four months removed from staging a successful Solheim Cup in the midst of a global health crisis, the 1919 Donald Ross design in Toledo, Ohio, will be the host site of the 2027 U.S. Women’s Open, the USGA announced. The news comes on the heels of the news that the purse for the Women’s Open will increase from $5 million in 2021 to $10 million this year and eventually to $12 million.

The increase in prize money is thanks to the addition of ProMedica, a Toledo-based healthcare system, as the tournament’s presenting sponsor beginning this year at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

It has been a whirlwind of activity at Inverness since superintendent John Zimmers arrived there in 2017. Since then, the course has undergone a restoration by architect Andrew Green that was completed in 2018, and was the site of the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2019 and the LPGA Drive On Championship in 2020 before hosting the Solheim Cup last year.

Other future sites of the Women’s Open are Pebble Beach (2023); Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (2024); Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin (2025); and Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California (2026).

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