Rookie Sophia Schubert Ready to Excel at her Newest Level

BOCA RATON, Fla. – At age 25, Sophia Schubert (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) already has seen some of the LPGA’s biggest stages, having played in three different women’s major championships. But Thursday’s Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio was something different. It was her first LPGA start as a card-bearing member of the LPGA. Schubert graduated off the top 10 of last year’s Symetra (now Epson) Tour, finishing fourth in the season-long points race.

In her debut as a member, Schubert, the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and a former standout at Texas, was admittedly pretty nervous. Through 10 holes, she was 1 over par, but she settled down and managed three birdies coming in. 

“This was a new experience. I’ve waited for this my whole life,” said Schubert, who poured in a 20-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to shoot 2-under 70. “The way I approached it … I was grateful today. Grateful that I’m out here, grateful that God gave me this opportunity. I just tried to look at it in a positive way. I have a really great caddie (Brittany Hamilton).”

Schubert made 18 cuts in 20 starts a year ago on the Symetra Tour, winning the Carolina Golf Classic and adding eight other top-10 finishes. The strength or her game always has been her ballstriking, but it wasn’t as sharp as usual on Thursday. Her putting kept her steady and pushed her into red numbers. She is confident about the season that lies ahead. 

“One thing that I’ve always tried to do is to be in the top 10 of every tour, or everything that I’ve ever played in, starting when I was 6 years old,” she said. “I’ve tried to be at the top of every level I’ve played. I feel good about it. I just need to go out and play my game, and remember that it’s the same game I’ve always played. I feel if I do that, I can probably do pretty well.”

2020 Gainbridge LPGA Champ Madelene Sagstrom Back in Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Fla. – “Having Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio feels like where it’s supposed to be, for me.”

In 2020, Madelene Sagstrom’s life was forever changed by the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. Not only did she record the best 18-hole score of her career in the second round (62), but the Swede went on to become a Rolex First-Time Winner in impressive fashion. After a disastrous start to the final round (two bogeys in her first five holes), she posted a birdie on the penultimate hole to tie the lead and ended the weekend victorious after Nasa Hataoka missed a 3-foot putt on the last. Sagstrom became the 12th player from Sweden to win on the LPGA, and the first since Pernilla Lindberg at the 2018 Chevron Championship.

“That was my fourth season on tour, and it’s hard when you come out and don’t really perform where you think you should,” said Sagstrom. “For me, it was kind of I belong out here, I can play against the best players in the world and just made me feel more comfortable, confident, and just trusting my game a little bit more. It was a huge step in that direction.”

Last year, Sagstrom aimed to defend her title at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Not far from home, she finished in a tie for 66th. She played the first two rounds with her countrywomen and major champions, Anna Nordqvist and Annika Sorenstam, a lasting memory for years to come. But Sagstrom is happy to be back in Boca Raton, in front of a community that has continued to support the Tour and her since the victory.

“I’m happy that they want to support the LPGA. I think we had a really good turnout last time we were here. It’s really great,” Sagstrom said. “Just like a nice warm, fuzzy feeling.”

Sagstrom is ready to continue the Tour’s Florida swing to open the 2022 season, and is coming off a 17th-place result at last week’s Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions. On top of an exciting week back at Boca Rio, Sagstrom was thrilled with the announcement of Epson as the new tour title sponsor of the “Road to the LPGA.” The Olympian and two-time Solheim Cup Team Europe member got her professional start on the Epson Tour, setting the single-season earnings record in 2016 thanks to three wins and 12 top-10 finishes to secure Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year and Epson Tour Player of the Year honors.

“I always tell people I’m so happy I missed out on Q-School, because really playing on now Epson Tour just made me prepare for this life. It made me understand how you travel, what you practice, how you live this lifestyle,” said Sagstrom. “I’m a proud graduate and it was so amazing. I know it’s going to bring a lot of good talent out here. I think it’s just going to keep growing, get bigger, and it’s good for women’s golf overall. 

“Going to keep growing the game.”

Different Course, But Nelly Korda Still Set to Defend Gainbridge LPGA Crown

BOCA RATON, Fla. – She’s a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, but defending Gainbridge LPGA champion Nelly Korda was the first to point out a unique fact during her press conference on Wednesday at Boca Rio Golf Club.

“I’ve actually never defended at the same golf course,” said Korda.

That would be a correct statement, at least until she tees it up at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich., this June.

“I guess in a sense, expectations are a little lower because you were defending at a different golf course, but I’m just going to embrace it and see where it takes me,” Korda said.  Korda finished in a tie for 28th when the Tour made the stop in Boca Raton two years ago. The Rolex Rankings No. 1 mentioned the course is playing different this week than what she remembers, but that there’s still an advantage for certain players.

“I think there is an advantage to hitting it longer out here, but I think the greens are a little bit slower [than 2020] and they’re trying to keep them slower because the wind forecast is supposed to be really high Friday afternoon and Saturday,” said Korda, a four-time LPGA winner in 2021 and Tokyo Olympics gold medalist. “The fairways are a little bit fluffier than they were last time, so I think they’re trying to play towards the weather forecast.

“But I do see a big advantage to hitting it longer. All depends on the wind and the forecast we’re going to have.”

Nelly Korda and Madelene Sagstrom ‘Set to Defend’ at 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio

By Jeff Babineau 

Women’s professional golf is back in Boca Raton this week with the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, the first full-field event of the 2022 LPGA season. 

World No. 1 Nelly Korda, who captured the Gainbridge title last February when the tournament was staged for one year at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, is back to defend her crown. Korda, 23, had a disappointing finish to the season-opening Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions on Sunday, struggling to a final-round 75 in cold and windy conditions, but nonetheless tied for fourth and will look to start another run of great play beginning on Thursday.

“I had some good moments and I had some iffy moments, too,” Korda said. “In all, I hope I can ride the good into this event.”

Korda won five times in 2021, a season that not only included her first major championship victory (KPMG Women’s PGA), but also a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Japan. Prior to Sunday at the Tournament of Champions, Korda had posted 11 consecutive rounds in the 60s, which was just three shy of the all-time LPGA record (14, Annika Sorenstam).

Korda played deep into the 2021 calendar, participating with her father, former Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda, in the PNC Championship, a team event that took place in December. It was there she took a prized photo with Tiger Woods and showed off her impressive game to an expanded audience. She is looking forward to opening her 2022 with three consecutive starts in Florida, and then plans to take a six-week break to get refreshed for the long season. 

“It’s a no-brainer starting in Florida three weeks. I can drive everywhere,” said Korda. “The main focus always for the year is to stay healthy and fresh. I usually play around 22 events a year, and that, just to me, works.”

It certainly worked nicely a year ago. In one sense, Korda is a co-defender at this week’s Gainbridge LPGA. When the event was played at Boca Rio two years ago, it was Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom breaking through to win. Sagstrom shot a career-best 62 in the second round and held 36- and 54-hole leads. On Sunday, she birdied the 17th hole to pull into a tie for the lead, and won when Japan’s Nasa Hataoka missed a 3-foot par putt on the final green. 

“It made me feel like I belong,” Sagstrom said of her first LPGA triumph. “That was my fourth season on tour, and I kind of just … it’s hard when you come out and you don’t really perform where you think you should perform.

“So, for me, it was kind of I belong out here, I can play against the best players in the world, and just made me feel more comfortable, confident, and just trusting my game a little bit more. It was a huge step in that direction.”

This week’s 120-player field features 16 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings. The field includes Danielle Kang, who played brilliantly over the weekend and won for the first time in 18 months. Kang never played very well on the cold, so in the offseason she worked on that in Las Vegas, and was the only player in the 60s in both weekend rounds. For a second consecutive week, players are expecting to encounter unseasonably cold Florida conditions, with temperatures expected to dip into the 30s overnight on Saturday, and stay in the 50s for the weekend rounds. 

“I think most people wish we had that coming to Scottish Open in the summer, but I guess we start in Florida this time,” Sagstrom said, smiling. “I think we all know you have to adjust your game when that happens. Obviously, it would be nicer if it was 75 and sunny, but it’s part of what we do for a living. You just have to suck it up and just go with the flow. Bring some hand warmers out, bring the beanie out, and get ready.”

Competing for the first time in nearly two years will be World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb, 47, a 41-time LPGA winner (seven major titles) who lives and plays nearby. Last week, former World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam was part of the field at the TOC, competing in the celebrity division. On Sunday, she played in the final grouping alongside Nelly Korda and Mexico’s Gaby Lopez. 

Beatriz Recari Retiring to a Broader and More Relaxing Life

On Tuesday, Spain’s Beatriz Recari made it official. The Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, the event nearest her U.S. home in Miami, will be her grand finale. The 34-year-old from Pamplona will officially retire from the LPGA Tour after this week. She does so with three LPGA Tour wins and one Ladies European Tour victory in a 16-year professional career.

Fighting emotions, Recari said, “After a bit of soul searching, I felt like it was the right time for me to move on. You know, enjoy all the good moments that I have on the course and the not-so-good moments, because they had a lot of silver linings. This game has been such an important part of my life that I’m so excited to be here and have a little bit of closure and have the opportunity to do so.

“It would’ve been okay if I hadn’t had this opportunity (to close out a career this way), but if I’m given the chance to be again on the golf course and have that one last feel of what it is competing at the highest level, it’s such a blessing that I’m going to take it and just enjoy this last week.”

Recari started on the LET as an 18-year-old in 2006 while also studying economics at the University of Navarra. That came after victories at the Women’s Spanish Amateur and the Women’s French Amateur Championships.

But all was not rosy in her life. In 2007, her health failed, and she had to face a hard reality. Weighing under 100 pounds with her hair falling out, Recari accepted that she had an eating disorder. After lots of work and plenty of support, she battled back. She won the Finnair Masters on the LET in 2009, and then joined the LPGA Tour where she won in 2010 and twice in 2013. Just before her victory at the 2013 Kia Classic, she was introduced as an ambassador for the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. For many, it was the first time they knew of Recari’s struggles.

Now, after many hip, back and leg-related injuries, the most recent of which required a couple of surgeries, the Spanish star is comfortable with her past and her future. 

Local Legend Jaye Marie Green Fired Up to Compete Close to Home

BOCA RATON, Fla. – In 2020, Jaye Marie Green said she asked for what ‘felt like 100 tickets to the Gainbridge LPGA.’ Boca Rio Golf Club, settled right in her stomping grounds, made the local feel cool, calm and collected as she competed close to home. Fast forward to 2022, and Green feels the exact same way. 

“Seeing so many people out and knowing every face, I’m like, ‘Oh my, I know almost everyone here.’ It’s really special, and it’s different playing in front of a home crowd,” said Green. “It has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s really cool.”

Her familiarity with the host course helped Green captured a tied for 19th finish two years ago, her only top-20 result of the pandemic-shortened season. 

The tournament moved to Lake Nona Golf & Country Club for 2021, but has made its hearty return to its original home this year. Green is ecstatic, especially with her newfound mindset focused on putting and setting attainable goals. She has also been practicing with close friends Marina AlexBeth Daniel and Karrie Webb, who is making her first start on Tour since the 2020 Pelican Women’s Championship and continues to have memorable moments when she steps on the course.

“We’re three down with three to go, and classic Karrie Webb holes out from about 100 yards [on No. 16 at Boca Rio Golf Club] to close us out, that was great,” said Green. “Like, what else do you expect from a Hall of Famer?”

In 2021, Green recorded two top-10 finishes, including a season-best result of a tie for seventh at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. This week, she continues the partnership with caddie Jack Clarke from last year, who has an interesting connection to the Boca Raton stop. Clarke’s father caddied for 2020 champion Madelene Sagstrom, Jack’s significant other, when she won and Green said Clarke has been a wonderful addition to her team.

“Yep, my caddie, or should I say, which way is the better way? Madelene Sagstrom’s boyfriend is my caddie, or my caddie is Madelene Sagstrom’s boyfriend?” joked Green. “No one is going to replace my brother [and former caddie], but I feel like I have such a good caddie-work relationship where I feel free, and he was really great in those times where he could tell I missed my brother or got lonely on the road. Because I’ve never traveled by myself until last year. He has been great and our relationship is awesome. I feel very lucky and blessed that I found Jack so quick.”

Karrie Webb Returns to Competition, But Don’t Call it a Comeback

BOCA RATON, Fla., – Rumors had been swirling around Karrie Webb, that her entry into the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio field meant the World Golf Hall of Fame member was on the comeback trail. She nixed that idea during her press conference on Tuesday at Boca Rio Golf Club.

“I don’t think there is any full time, or even a big chunk of part-time golf in me,” said Webb, a Palm Beach County resident, where the second LPGA Tour event of the season is being contested. “When you’re away from it for a long time, there’s a lot of things that you do miss about it. I think it’s very convenient that I could stay at home this week and play in a tournament for the first time in a while, and, you know, not feel the rigors of having to travel with luggage.

“I’m just excited to be back, see people I haven’t seen for a while and to be around the atmosphere on the LPGA.”

Her last start on the LPGA Tour was at the 2020 Pelican Women’s Championship. While she has been away from competition for an extended period, Webb has still been involved in the game with her Karrie Webb Series Scholarship and the inaugural Australian WPGA Championship.

“It came together pretty late last year. The men’s Australian PGA was being held, but that was in doubt because they couldn’t get international players in the field and there was an interest to include the women, to have a Women’s PGA Championship, so this year they played in the same field as the men,” said Webb. “What was really promising for me is there was interest to have a standalone event going forward, 2023 [and beyond].

“When I was asked to have the trophy named after me, that was obviously a very great honor and not something you ever think is going to happen. I got to design the trophy. I’ve held up a few trophies, but never had a chance to design one that hopefully many women will hold up for years to come.”

Su Oh captured the title and raised the maiden Karrie Webb Cup on January 17 in Queensland. A past recipient from Webb’s scholarship series, it was “really special” for Webb even though she could not make the trip to Australia. Oh is one of the many Australians that Webb stays connected with, despite Webb not regularly teeing it up.

“I communicate with all the girls quite often, actually. They’re all on my favorites for live scoring, and I now understand what my parents went through all these years of watching live scoring, especially if the telecast isn’t on or I’m not able to see the telecast,” Webb said with a smile.” It’s stressful watching live scoring when you care about the results that the girls have.

“It’s exciting this year. We’ve got two Aussie rookies, Karis Davidson and Stephanie Kyriacou, both great players. Karis was one of my scholarship winners; Stephanie wasn’t, but I followed her couple years in Europe and knew her before she turned pro. Both great players, and it’s great that we’ve got such a big Aussie contingent on Tour at the moment.”

Laura Restrepo and Luna Sobron Galmes Round out Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Field via Today’s Monday Qualifier

Seven of the Top-10 Players in the World Headline Field, Led by World No. 1 and Defending Champion Nelly Korda

120 Players to Compete in LPGA Tour’s First Full-Field Event of 2022, Jan. 24-30

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 24, 2022 – The tournament field for the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio was finalized today following an 18-hole Monday Qualifier at Boca Rio Golf Club. Laura Restrepo (4-under 68) and Luna Sobron Galmes (3-under 69, won on 1st playoff hole via a birdie) captured the top-two spots to gain entry into the first full-field event of the 2022 LPGA Tour season, taking place Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 27-30.

They join a stacked 120-player international field that features seven of the top-10 and 17 of the top-25 ranked players in the world according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. The players ranked in the top-25 competing in the championship include World No. 1 and defending champion Nelly Korda, Lydia Ko (3), Inbee Park (4), Nasa Hataoka (7), Danielle Kang (8), Yuka Saso (9), Brooke Henderson (10), Lexi Thompson (12), Patty Tavatanakit (13), Ayaka Furue (14), Anna Nordqvist (16), Jeong Eun Lee6 (18), Atthaya Thitikul (20), Ally Ewing (22), Jessica Korda (21), Ariya Jutanugarn (23) and Celine Boutier (25).

The field also will feature two World Golf Hall-of-Famer members: Karrie Webb, who will return to LPGA Tour competition for the first time in two years; and Laura Davies, who has 87 worldwide professional victories.

Jaye Marie Green (Jupiter) and Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Boca Raton) join Thompson (Delray Beach), Jessica Korda (Jupiter) and Webb (Boynton Beach) as Southeast Florida residents competing in the championship.

2022 sponsor exemptions include Taylor Collins and Nishtha Madan. Collins is currently a PGA Teaching Professional at Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale. She captured the South Florida PGA Section Championship in September, becoming the first woman to win the tournament in its 42-year history. Madan, formerly India’s top-ranked women’s amateur and a two-time member of the Indian National Team, turned professional 2020 following a standout collegiate career at Sacramento State University. She finished second on the Cactus Tour money list in 2021 and has recorded five professional wins since turning professional. Madan will be competing on the Symetra Tour in 2022 and will be making her LPGA Tour debut at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

GOLF Channel will televise live all four rounds of the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 27-30, as well as live streaming on the NBC Sports App. Boca Raton resident and Boca Rio Golf Club member Morgan Pressel will be a part of the broadcast team for the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio as lead analyst, joining play-by-play host Grant Boone, hole announcer Jim Gallagher, Jr., and on-course reporters Karen Stupples and Jerry Foltz.

For a complete list of current tournament entries, click HERE.

The 2021 Gainbridge LPGA was contested at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., in late February, when Nelly Korda captured her fourth LPGA Tour win at 16-under par. The win was her first on American soil and with her parents in attendance. The Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio made its debut in 2020, with Madelene Sagstrom capturing the inaugural championship, her first LPGA Tour victory. Group 1001 has been a proud sponsor of the LPGA since 2017.

The 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio will welcome back fans to Boca Rio Golf Club, featuring a field of 120 players competing over 72 holes for a share of a $2 million purse. Tickets are now on sale, including exclusive hospitality and general admission tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. Tickets are available for purchase exclusively at www.GainbridgeLPGA.com.

All service personnel, including military (active, reserve, retired and veterans), fire, police, EMS and front-line healthcare workers (doctors and nurses) will receive complimentary admission to the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio by showing proper identification at Will Call in exchange for a daily grounds pass.

For more information on the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, visit www.GainbridgeLPGA.com, and on social media at @GainbridgeLPGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Hall-of-Famer Karrie Webb to Make LPGA Tour Return at the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, Jan. 24-30

16 of the Top-25 in the World Headline Field, Led by World No. 1 and Defending Champion Nelly Korda

Field of 120 Players to Compete in LPGA Tour’s First Full-Field Event of 2022, Jan. 24-30

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 19, 2022 – World Golf Hall-of-Fame member and multiple major champion Karrie Webb will return to LPGA Tour competition for the first time in two years at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, taking place Jan. 24-30 at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

Webb, a seven-time major champion from Australia who resides in nearby Boynton Beach, last played a full-time schedule on the LPGA Tour in 2017. She joins Laura Davies as the two Hall-of-Famers competing in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

“We are honored to have Karrie Webb joining the field and are excited to welcome the world’s best players back to Palm Beach County for the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio,” said Lesley Baker, executive director for the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. “We are equally as excited to welcome back fans to the tournament this year and representing Southeast Florida on a global scale, both in person and to television audiences around the world.”

Webb will join a stacked field at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio that will feature 16 of the top-25 players in the world, headlined by World No. 1 and defending champion Nelly Korda and fan favorites / major champions Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson. The first full-field event for the 2022 LPGA Tour season, the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio will include a field of 120 players competing for a share of a $2 million purse.

The final three spots in the field will be determined on Monday via the Monday Qualifier at Boca Rio Golf Club (two spots) along with the winner of this week’s Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, if not already eligible.

The field features 16 of the top-25 ranked players in the world according to the Jan. 17 Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings, including Nelly Korda (1), Lydia Ko (3), Inbee Park (4), Nasa Hataoka (6), Yuka Saso (8), Danielle Kang (10), Brooke Henderson (11), Lexi Thompson (12), Patty Tavatanakit (13), Ayaka Furue (14), Anna Nordqvist (16), Jeong Eun Lee6 (19), Atthaya Thitikul (20), Ally Ewing (21), Jessica Korda (22) and Ariya Jutanugarn (23).

Jaye Marie Green (Jupiter) and Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Boca Raton) join Thompson (Delray Beach). Jessica Korda (Jupiter) and Webb as Southeast Florida residents competing in the championship.

2022 sponsor exemptions include Taylor Collins and Nishtha Madan. Collins is currently a PGA Teaching Professional at Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale. She captured the South Florida PGA Section Championship in September, becoming the first woman to win the tournament in its 42-year history. Madan, formerly India’s top-ranked women’s amateur and a two-time member of the Indian National Team, turned professional 2020 following a standout collegiate career at Sacramento State University. She finished second on the Cactus Tour money list in 2021 and has recorded five professional wins since turning professional. Madan will be competing on the Symetra Tour in 2022 and will be making her LPGA Tour debut at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

GOLF Channel will televise live all four rounds of the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 27-30, as well as live streaming on the NBC Sports App. Boca Raton resident and Boca Rio Golf Club member Morgan Pressel will be a part of the broadcast team for the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio as lead analyst, joining play-by-play host Grant Boone, hole announcer Jim Gallagher, Jr., and on-course reporters Karen Stupples and Jerry Foltz.

For a complete list of current tournament entries, click HERE.

The 2021 Gainbridge LPGA was contested at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., in late February, when Nelly Korda captured her fourth LPGA Tour win at 16-under par. The win was her first on American soil and with her parents in attendance. The Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio made its debut in 2020, with Madelene Sagstrom capturing the inaugural championship, her first LPGA Tour victory. Group 1001 has been a proud sponsor of the LPGA since 2017.

The 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio will welcome back fans to Boca Rio Golf Club, featuring a field of 120 players competing over 72 holes for a share of a $2 million purse. Tickets are now on sale, including exclusive hospitality and general admission tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. Tickets are available for purchase exclusively at www.GainbridgeLPGA.com.

All service personnel, including military (active, reserve, retired and veterans), fire, police, EMS and front-line healthcare workers (doctors and nurses) will receive complimentary admission to the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio by showing proper identification at Will Call in exchange for a daily grounds pass.

For more information on the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, visit www.GainbridgeLPGA.com, and on social media at @GainbridgeLPGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

World No.1 and Defending Champion Nelly Korda Headlines Early Commitments for 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, Jan. 24-30

13 of the Top-20 in the World Entered, Including Major Champions and Hall-of-Famers

Field of 120 Players to Compete in LPGA Tour’s First Full-Field Event of 2022, Jan. 24-30

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 11, 2022 –World No. 1 and defending champion Nelly Korda, 2020 champion Madelene Sagstrom and fan favorites / major champions Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson headline a stacked field of early commitments for the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, tournament officials announced today. The first full-field event for the 2022 LPGA Tour season, the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio will feature a field of 120 players competing for a share of a $2 million purse, taking place Jan. 24-30 at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

Thirteen of the top-20 players in the world are early entries into the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, including Nelly Korda (1), Lydia Ko (3), Inbee Park (4), Nasa Hataoka (6), Yuka Saso (8), Brooke Henderson (10), Danielle Kang (11), Lexi Thompson (12), Patty Tavatanakit (13), Ayaka Furue (14), Anna Nordqvist (15), Jeong Eun Lee6 (19) and Atthaya Thitikul (20). The field also includes Jupiter resident Jessica Korda (22) and World Golf Hall-of-Famer Laura Davies, who has 87 worldwide victories and is returning to competition at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

“We are honored to attract the best players in the game back to Boca Rio Golf Club for the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio,” said Dan Towriss, CEO & President of Group 1001, the parent organization of Gainbridge. “We are equally as excited to welcome back fans to the tournament this year and representing Southeast Florida on a global scale both in person and to television audiences around the world.”

Players have until Wednesday, Jan. 19 to commit to the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. For a complete list of current tournament entries, click HERE.

Tournament organizers also announced Taylor Collins and Nishtha Madan as sponsor exemptions into the field. Collins is currently a PGA Teaching Professional at Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, and captured the South Florida PGA Section Championship in September, becoming the first woman to win the tournament in its 42-year history. Madan, formerly India’s top-ranked women’s amateur and a two-time member of the Indian National Team, turned professional 2020 following a standout collegiate career at Sacramento State University. She finished second on the Cactus Tour money list in 2021 and has recorded five professional wins since turning professional. Madan will be competing on the Symetra Tour in 2022 and will be making her LPGA Tour debut at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

The 2021 Gainbridge LPGA was contested at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., in late February, when Korda captured her fourth LPGA Tour win at 16-under par. The win was her first on American soil and with her parents in attendance. The Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio made its debut in 2020, with Sagstrom capturing the inaugural championship, her first LPGA Tour victory. Group 1001 has been a proud sponsor of the LPGA since 2017.

The 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio will welcome back fans to Boca Rio Golf Club, featuring a field of 120 players competing over 72 holes for a share of a $2 million purse. Tickets are now on sale, including exclusive hospitality and general admission tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. Tickets are available for purchase exclusively at www.GainbridgeLPGA.com.

All service personnel, including military (active, reserve, retired and veterans), fire, police, EMS and front-line healthcare workers (doctors and nurses) will receive complimentary admission to the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio by showing proper identification at Will Call in exchange for a daily grounds pass.

For more information on the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, visit www.GainbridgeLPGA.com, and on social media at @GainbridgeLPGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.