The LPGA’s newest tournament partner is making a splash in the world of American sports sponsorship: with a world-class venue that has hosted the Presidents Cup and several PGA TOUR playoff events, one of the most well-known competitors of sport and a first of – its unique format in the largest media market in the country.
The Mizuho Americas Open will debut in the summer of 2023 at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, featuring views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty in addition to a $2.75 million prize pool – one of the richest for a non-major championship on the LPGA Schedule. Mizuho Brand Ambassador Michelle Wie West will be the official host of the tournament, which will also allow 24 top junior golfers to compete alongside the pros in a concurrent AJGA event.
“When I announced I was stepping away from competitive golf earlier this season, my goal was to continue living by the LPGA mantra to ‘Act Like a Founder’ and leave the game in a better place than I didn’t find it,” said Wie West. “With the help of Mizuho Americas and the incredible partners who have come together to bring this to Liberty National, we will be able to do just that and impact future generations of gaming. I am so proud to to host this groundbreaking event and to partner with a company that sees the importance of supporting women’s golf.
Mizuho Americas is part of Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., a major financial services provider with approximately $2 trillion in assets at the start of this year, and entered into a multi-year agreement with the LPGA Tour and Liberty National . The inaugural tournament will be played from May 29 to June 4, one of 32 on the 2023 LPGA schedule that will offer a record prize money of $93.5 million.
What’s particularly unique about the Liberty National event, which LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan calls a “game changer,” is that it marks the first time that current and future stars of the game will face off together on the ropes. The group of 120 LPGA players will be joined by the 24 girls from the American Junior Golf Association Tour who are competing in their individual invitational tournament. The AJGA is a premier tour for juniors, providing a high-level competitive outlet for those seeking college golf scholarships.
“The opportunity to play alongside the stars of today’s LPGA Tour at Liberty National Golf Club is an absolute treat for 24 junior golfers aspiring to compete at the highest level,” said Jason Etzen, Chief Commercial Officer. AJGA. “The integration of educational programming throughout the week will be invaluable for the next generation of young stars.”
For the first two rounds, LPGA and AJGA players will come out in separate lines. For the final two rounds of the weekend, a junior will join two LPGA players in each pool based on seeding, after the LPGA field is reduced from 120 to 50.