Sahalee lands 2016 Women’s PGA

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be played next year at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., it was announced by the PGA of America, the LPGA Tour and KPMG.

Formerly known as the LPGA Championship, the tournament is being played for the first time under the PGA of America umbrella this weekend at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y.

“The PGA of America is excited about partnering with KPMG and the LPGA in taking this championship to some of the finest venues in the country and bringing new audiences into supporting women in golf,” PGA of America president Derek Sprague said in a statement.

“Sahalee Country Club has a proven record of excellence in hosting major championships and we anticipate that it will be a spectacular setting for spectators as well as millions of viewers worldwide.”

Sahalee, site of the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major, following the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open in 1946 won by Patty Berg at Spokane Country Club.

Vijay Singh of Fiji claimed the first of his three major titles by two strokes over Steve Stricker in the 1998 PGA at Sahalee, and Bernard Langer won the 2010 U.S. Senior Open by three shots over local favorite Fred Couples.

“One of the key pieces of our collaboration with KPMG and the PGA of America was the commitment to bringing this championship to world-class venues, and Sahalee Country Club will provide a great major championship test for our players,” LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said.

“The Pacific Northwest has always been a strong supporter of the LPGA and we are excited to bring the Tour back to Seattle for the first time since 1999.”

Sahalee Country Club is a par-72 layout that was carved out of the tall majestic Cedar and Douglas Fir native to the Pacific Northwest. It will play to 6,692 yards in the Women’s PGA Championship.

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