The LPGA’s fifth major, the Evian Championship, will be played in July rather than September starting in 2019, the association announced on Wednesday.
The tournament, played in France, has been plagued by bad weather in recent years and was widely criticised last year when rain storms and high winds forced it to be reduced to 54 holes, an unprecedented move for a major championship.
Playing the tournament in July will guarantee better weather, and hopefully improve the status of the Evian, which was only designated a major in 2013.
The 2019 championship will have a total purse of $4.1 million, the second highest on the tour after the US Women’s Open, and will be played in late July at the Evian Resort in Evian-les-Bains, on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The #EvianChamp confirms a move back to the summer in 2019 along with a purse increase to over $4M as @LPGA builds a new “Europe Swing”…the 2019 @EvianChamp will be played the week following @TheOpen, a spot taken in recent years by the @LadiesScottish pic.twitter.com/OrOJAxQMHX
— Tom Abbott (@TomAbbottGC) March 7, 2018
Anna Nordqvist, the 2017 champion, said: “I’m …. excited for the tournament to move to the Summer in the coming years. That will make the LPGA’s major season that much more exciting.”
The 2018 championship will go ahead as planned in September.