As 2020 comes to a close, we’re moving toward the 2021 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions this January.
Despite the challenges, canceled Tour events and enhanced health and safety precautions, the LPGA has kept the competition and the passion for golf top notch during the 2020 season.
This season saw three Rolex First-Time Winners in Ally Ewing, Mel Reid and Madelene Sagstrom, as well as a breakthrough performance from Sophia Popov to gain LPGA Tour Membership with her win at the AIG Women’s Open. These players showed us exactly what they’re made of, with Ewing and Sagstrom both defeating their competition by just one stroke.
While spectators have not been able to experience LPGA Tour event in person this year, fans have been tuning in more than ever before, with an average of 3.3 million TV viewers per week. The LPGA Tour season gained 21% more viewership this year compared to other sports – beating out the 2020 PGA Tour by 4%. Clearly, ladies get it done.
And the competition is going to be fierce for the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January.
This year, we have expanded our LPGA Tour player qualifications due to the shortened 2020 season. Under normal circumstances, LPGA champions from the 2019 and 2020 seasons would qualify for the Tournament of Champions. But for 2021, we’re expanding the pool to allow 2018 champions to join the excitement. This provides an additional 11 LPGA Tour pros the opportunity to tee off in Orlando this January, including Michelle Wie West – who could make her return to the course after taking a break to have her first child this year – as well as our very own Diamond Celebrity ambassador, Brittany Lincicome!
We are thrilled to open the field to include three years of LPGA champions this year, and we can’t wait watch them on the course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando in January!
Keep up with the latest details about the 2021 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on DiamondLPGA.com, including this year’s on-course spectator limitations. And tune in from January 21-24 on Golf Channel and NBC so you don’t miss a minute of the action.