JERSEY CITY (N.J.) — The LPGA and financial giant Mizuho Americas announced that a new tournament will take place in New Jersey next year at Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City.
The 72-hole tournament, which will be known as the Mizuho American Open, will take place May 29 to June 4. The purse is $2.75 Million.
Michelle Wie West will host the tournament. The event will feature 24 juniors competing simultaneously in their own tournament.
After hosting many world-class events including the Presidents Cup, multiple PGA Tour playoff stops, and the Mizuho Americas Open, this will be Liberty Nationals first LPGA Tour event.
New Jersey will host four LPGA events thanks to the addition of the tournament. Other events include the Cognizant Founders Cup in Upper Montclair Country Club, Clifton, from May 10-14 and the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Galloway Township, from June 10-12. The KPMG Womens PGA Championship, which will be played at Baltusrol golf club in Springfield, from June 21 through June 25, will be this year.
Wie West, who is now playing less, will be one of two LPGA players who host tournaments next season. Annika Sorenstam will host an event in Florida.
Wie West stated, When I announced my retirement from competitive golf earlier in the season, I had set out to live by the LPGA mantra, Act Like A Founder and leave the game in better shape than I found it. I am proud to host this event and partner with a company who sees the value of supporting womens golf.
The Mizuho Americas Open has 120 players. An AJGA Invitational will be held by the American Junior Golf Association for 24 players. This will be the first time that the AJGA & the LPGA will compete in an event simultaneously.
The multiyear agreement between the LPGA, New York-based Mizuho Americas (LPGA) and Liberty National is the first entry of a global bank into sports sponsorship in America.
The Mizuho Americas Open, a purpose-driven partnership, aligns our shared value of opportunity, equity and advancing talent, said Shuji Maatsuura, chairman, chief executive officer, Mizuho Americas.