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Golf News // U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament purse soars to $10 million on fabled courses (www.espn.com)

Long considered the biggest event in women’s golf, the U.S. Women’s Open now has prize money and future sites to match.

The U.S. Golf Association announced Friday the purse will nearly double this year to $10 million, by far the richest in women’s golf and challenging top prizes in women’s sports.

The purse was $5.5 million when Yuka Saso won at Olympic Club last year.

Helping to make it possible was the USGA bringing on a presenting sponsor — Ohio-based ProMedica, a not-for-profit integrated health organization serving 28 states.

With ProMedica’s backing, the U.S. Women’s Open purse is set to increase to $11 million and eventually $12 million over the next five years.

Along with the massive jump in money, the USGA is sending the women to…

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