LPGA stars return for Walmart NW Arkansas Championship starting Friday

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After a two-week break that saw Europe retain the Solheim Cup in Andalucia, Spain, the LPGA Tour is back in action this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. for the 17th edition of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Defending champion Atthaya Thitikul as well as last year’s runner-up Danielle Kang are both set to tee it up alongside eight 2023 LPGA Tour winners and 27 2023 LPGA Tour rookies. A $2.3 million purse with a $345,000 winner’s check is up for grabs as are valuable Race to the CME Globe points that are now much-needed for many as the season begins to wind down.

Take a look at who else is in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G field.

Past Champions (4): 

Atthaya Thitikul (2022), So Yeon Ryu (2017), Lydia Ko (2016), Stacy Lewis (2014, 2007)

2023 LPGA Tour Winners (8 of 18):

Pajaree Anannarukarn (LPGA Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play presented by MGM Rewards), Hannah Green (JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro), Grace Kim (LOTTE Championship presented by Hoakalei), Cheyenne Knight (Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational), Leona Maguire (Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give), Alexa Pano (ISPS Handa World Invitational), Elizabeth Szokol (Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational), Chanettee Wannasaen (Portland Classic)

2023 LPGA Tour Rookies (27 of 32):

Jaravee Boonchant, Celine Borge, Manon De Roey, Sofia Garcia, Hyo Joon Jang, Soo Bin Joo, Minami Katsu, Grace Kim, Aline Krauter, Ines Laklalech, Lucy Li, Yan Liu, Polly Mack, Yuna Nishimura, Alexa Pano, Kum-Kang Park, Valery Plata, Riley Rennell, Kiira Riihijarvi, Hae Ran Ryu, Magdalena Simmermacher, Ellinor Sudow, Bailey Tardy, Gabriella Then, Samantha Wagner, Chanettee Wannasaen, Xiaowen Yin

Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings Top 10 (2 of 10):

Hyo Joo Kim (No. 6), Lydia Ko (No. 10)

Area Connections:

Maria Fassi (residence, University of Arkansas graduate), Miriam Ayora Gomez (a) (University of Arkansas women’s golf), Stacy Lewis (University of Arkansas graduate), Gaby Lopez (University of Arkansas graduate), Brooke Matthews (native, University of Arkansas graduate), Lily Thomas (a) (native)

Sponsor Invites:

Miriam Ayora Gomez (a), Brittany Lang, Brooke Matthews, Lily Thomas (a)

Monday Qualifiers:

Gurleen Kaur, Hannah Levi-Armour


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