World-Class Field Ready to Take on Congressional
The field is nearly set for the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club, where 156 of the top women golfers will compete in the third major championship of the season. One final qualifying spot is being held for the winner of the Meijer LPGA Classic, which will conclude on June 19.
The field is led by Defending KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Nelly Korda and World No. 1 Jin Young Ko, a two-time major winner at the Chevron Championship and Amundi Evian Championship, who’s seeking the third leg of the Career Grand Slam at Congressional. Ko is already a winner this season, winning her first start of the year at the HBSC Women’s World Championship
Ko is joined by 32 other major champions in the field including eight winners of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Inbee Park leads the pack with three consecutive victories in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She is making her return to major competition after skipping the U.S. Women’s Open, the season’s last major championship, instead choosing to work on getting her game into form ahead of the season’s busy summer stretch.
Nelly Korda returns after her thrilling victory at Atlanta Athletic Club in 2021. The top-ranked American will make just her third start since undergoing surgery in April to have a blood clot removed in her arm which sidelined her for three months from the LPGA Tour.
Pia Babnik and Mariah Stackhouse received the two sponsor invites into the field at the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
The field also features nine PGA and LPGA Teaching Professionals who earned their way into the field at Congressional via their finish at the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship. The group is led by former LPGA touring professional Sandra Changkija, who successfully defended her title at the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship to advance for the second consecutive year. The other professionals include Alisa Rodriguez, Allie Knight, Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth, Ashley Grier, Jennifer Borocz, Ashley Tait-Wengert, Meaghan Francell and Jenny Suh Thompson.
The field also features the top point earners in the Race to the CME Globe Point Standings. Caroline Inglis secured one of the final spots in the field via the point standings at No. 144.