PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan described as “realistic” the chance for PGA and LPGA winners competing at Kapalua at the same time, though that’s contingent on finding the right sponsor.
That’s already happening this week in Australia.
The Oates Vic Open starts Thursday at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, just beyond Port Phillips Bay near Geelong. It’s a PGA Tour of Australasia event for the men, and it’s co-sanctioned by Australian Ladies Professional Golf and the Ladies European Tour for the women.
The prize money has been increased to about $840,000 (1.1 million in Australian dollars) that will be split evenly among men and women.
Among the men competing are Robert Allenby, Stephen Leaney, Jarrod Lyle and Peter O’Malley. The women’s field includes Laura Davies, Sandra Gal, Nelly Korda, Lorie Kane, Aditi Ashok of India and Australia’s two Olympians, Minjee Lee and Su Oh.
As for Kapalua, Monahan said he was talking with the LPGA Tour and “there’s a reasonable chance” it could happen.
“It could happen as early as 2018 or it could take longer, but when we announced a partnership with the LPGA, this is one of many things that we’ve identified to really lift both tours and to be fairly dynamic in the way we’re presenting our tours,” Monahan said.