The Amundi Evian Championship continues to assert its ambition to promote parity in sport by increasing its prize fund to $6.5 million
The Amundi Evian Championship, the fourth major on the women’s calendar in 2022, taking place at Evian Resort Golf Club from July 21-24, has announced a prize fund increase of $2 million to $6.5 million. Not only that. The only Major, on both the men’s and women’s tours, to be played in continental Europe will offer a $1 million prize to the winner with the remainder distributed to the entire field.
Across the women’s Majors, there seems to have been a knock-on effect since The R&A made the announcement that they were increasing the prize fund for the 2021 AIG Women’s Open, going to $5.8 million and then $6.8 million in 2022. The USGA then followed, jumping from $5.5 million in 2021 to $10 million for the U.S. Women’s Open, which is now only two weeks away.
Continuing to elevate women's golf
Since its creation in 1994, The Amundi Evian Championship has continually asserted its ambition to promote women’s performance in sport and take part in growing women’s golf.
This is behind their momentum to increase the prize money, to which the tournament has been committed to for many years. Thanks to the support of its Sponsors Club, led by Amundi, Rolex, Danone and Evian.
Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan, who has assembled a record prize fund for the LPGA of more than $90 million for the 2022 season, said:
“We are incredibly appreciative of our friends and partners at The Amundi Evian Championship for their ongoing support of the LPGA Tour and the world’s best female golfers.
“Elevating the purse of this Major championship makes a powerful statement about the value and status of the women’s game and the strong commitment of Amundi, Danone, Evian and Rolex to advancing the LPGA and our world-class athletes. We look forward to a spectacular week in Evian-les-Bains and I know that our players will share my gratitude and excitement.”
Beyond rewarding its winner with a record cheque, The Amundi Evian Championship will also extend the distribution of the prize fund to all tournament competitors. Players who do not make the cut will receive unofficial earnings.
Yet another step in the right direction for women’s professional golf.