The LPGA Tour resumes its 2019 schedule this week in Williamsburg, Virginia for the 15th annual edition at Pure Silk Championship – the first of 12 consecutive weeks of high stakes tournament play, highlighted by four major championships, including next week’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Contested at Kingsmill Resort, the 144-player field will be headlined by nine of the top 10-ranked players in the latest Rolex Rankings, including defending champion, and world No. 4, Ariya Jutanugarn.
Other top names in Virgina chasing down the $1.3 million purse include world top-10 stars Minjee Lee, Brooke Henderson, Nelly Korda, and Lexi Thompson.
Tournament: Pure Silk Championship
Dates: May 23-26, 2019
Where: Williamsburg, Virginia
Course: Kingsmill Resort (River)
Distance: Par 71/6379 yards
Architect: Pete Dye (1974)
Format: 72-holes, stroke play, 36-hole cut
Purse: $1.3 million
Winning Share: $195,000
Defending Champion: Ariya Jutanugarn
Favorites: Jin Young Ko, Minjee Lee, Brooke M. Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Jeong-Eun Lee6, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Carlota Ciganda, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang,
Shanshan Feng, Sung Hyun Park
Kingsmill has long been one of the most popular stops on the LPGA Tour, dating back to when the women first started playing this event with Michelob as the sponsor in 2003. There was a two-year hiatus in 2010-11 before the tournament resumed as the Kingsmill Championship for the next several editions, until Pure Silk took over as the title sponsor in 2019.
Prior to the LPGA coming to Kingsmill, it had been a stop on the PGA Tour for 22 seasons. This year will be the 36th LPGA or PGA event held on the River Course at Kingsmill.
The tournament boasts big-name past winners including the only multi-time winner, Cristie Kerr, who has claimed the title three times. Other top names who have won at Kingsmill include Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Suzann Petterson, Annika Sorenstam, Jiyai Shin, Lizette Salas, Minjee Lee, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson.
HISTORY: TOURNAMENT NAMES
2019: Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg
2018: Kingsmill Championship presented by GEICO
2012-17: Kingsmill Championship
2010-11: (No tournament)
2003-09: Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill
HISTORY: RECENT WINNERS
2018: Ariya Jutanugarn (-14)
2017: Lexi Thompson (-20)
2016: Ariya Jutanugarn (-14)
2015: Minjee Lee (-15)
2014: Lizette Salas (-13)
2013: Cristie Kerr (-12)
Ariya Jutanugarn fired a final-round 66 and then beat In Gee Chun and Nasa Hataoka in a playoff to win the 2018 Kingsmill Championship.
THE FIELD: BY THE NUMBERS
WORLD TOP 10 (9)
There are nine players in the field who are ranked in the Rolex Rankings’ top 10, with only No. 6 Inbee Park opting to sit out.
- Jin-Young Ko (1)
- Minjee Lee (2)
- Sung Hyun Park (3)
- Ariya Jutanugarn (4)
- Nasa Hataoka (5)
- Lexi Thompson (7)
- Brooke Henderson (8)
- Sei Young Kim (9)
- Nelly Korda (10)
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