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Women's PGA Championship 2021: Tee Times, Dates, TV Schedule, LPGA Prize Money

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IJune 23, 2021

Inbee Park, of South Korea, plays her shot from the second tee during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club, Saturday, June 5, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
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Over the past five years, the Women's PGA Championship has produced four first-time major winners. That included the 2020 tournament, which was won by Sei Young Kim after being postponed to October due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, the event has returned to its typical June dates and gets underway Thursday at the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club. It's the third major tournament of 2021, after the first two each produced first-time major winners: Patty Tavatanakit (ANA Inspiration) and A Lim Kim (U.S. Women's Open).

Sei Young Kim will be looking to become the eighth woman to repeat as the winner of the Women's PGA Championship, which is being held at Atlanta Athletic Club for the first time. It hosted the U.S. Women's Open in 1991, although that was played on the Riverside Course.

Here's everything else you need to know heading into this year's tournament.

         

Tournament Information

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Dates: Thursday, June 24-Sunday, June 27

TV: Round 1 (11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, Golf Channel); Round 2 (11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, Golf Channel); Round 3 (1-4 p.m. ET, NBC); Round 4 (3-6 p.m. ET, NBC)

Tee Times: A full list of tee times can be found at LPGA.com

Prize Money: A $4.5 million purse, with $675,000 going to the winner

               

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Last year, Inbee Park nearly made history at the Women's PGA Championship. She's a three-time winner of the tournament (2013, 2014, 2015), a mark that has been reached by seven women. Of those seven, only one has won the tourney four times: Mickey Wright (1958, 1960, 1961, 1963).

The South Korean came close to joining Wright in 2020, finishing nine under par after an impressive four-day performance at Aronimink Golf Club. However, she ended up in second, five strokes back of Kim, to fall short of her fourth Women's PGA Championship title.

Now, Park will look to tie Wright's tournament record again this year. But the 32-year-old, who is a seven-time major winner, hasn't won a major tournament since the 2015 Women's British Open. She has 13 top-10 finishes at majors since then, though, including seventh-place showings at each of the first two majors of 2021.

Park has continued to play well of late, finishing in the top 10 at seven of the past nine tournaments she's played in, a stretch that began with her win at the Kia Classic in March.

The last 10 women's majors have been won by 10 different golfers, nine of whom had never previously been victorious at a major. If that streak continues, it could be because of Nelly Korda.

The 22-year-old has yet to win a major, but she's had some strong showings, such as when she tied for second at the 2020 ANA Inspiration and tied for third at the 2019 Women's PGA Championship. She enters this year's tournament with momentum, having won the Meijer LPGA Classic last weekend.

Korda is the only golfer with two LPGA Tour victories this season. Her sister, Jessica, has also never won a major but could be a contender this weekend, having finished in the top 10 at a major tournament seven times.

"It's so hard to win out here. You look at it week to week, the scores are so low," Jessica Korda said, per Ron Sirak of LPGA.com. "The battles, there's battles, it's not like it's a clear win ever. You've got to make the key putts, and obviously a sprinkle of luck always helps."

Another golfer to watch could be Yuka Saso, who will be playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Women's Open earlier this month. The 20-year-old has played in only four majors, and this will be her first appearance at the Women's PGA Championship.

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