Naples, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The LPGA Tour released its 2015 schedule on Tuesday and it also announced a new title partnership for the first major of the season.
The 33-event schedule, up from 32 events in 2014 with the Solheim Cup in action in September, will feature the ANA Inspiration as the first major championship of the year. Formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the ANA Insperation will still be played at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, the host of this event since 1972.
"I'm excited that our team has achieved our target number of events to fill our schedule over the past few years," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. "We are focused on elevating and enhancing the playing opportunities for our players, viewing experiences for our fans and corporate involvement for our partners."
The 2015 season kicks off in late January with a new event in the Coates Golf Championship, which will be held in Ocala, Florida. As the calendar flips to February, the LPGA will head to the Bahamas for the Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, the event that started the 2014 season.
After a week off, the tour will take another trip to Australia for the Women's Australian Open from Feb. 19-22 before making its way north for the Honda LPGA Thailand.
Players will make a stop in Singapore for the HSBC Women's Champions before heading back to the states for an event in Arizona and two straight in California, including the newly-named ANA Inspiration, which will be played from Apr. 2-5.
The Women's LPGA Championship is the second major championship in 2015 and it will be played at Westchester Country Club in New York from June 11-14. The 70th U.S. Women's Open will be played for the first time at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania from July 9-12 and will serve as the third major championship on the schedule.
From July 30-Aug. 2, the Ricoh Women's British Open will return Turnberry, Scotland, where Karrie Webb won her third title back in 2002. The Evian Championship will once again serve as the final major of the season and it will be held from Sept. 10-13 at Evian Resort Golf Club in France.
After falling to the Europeans 18-10 in Colorado in 2013, the Americans will look to get back on track at the Solheim Cup, which will take place the week after the Evian Championship. The event will be held oversees in Germany at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club. Europe has won the last two Solheim Cups, but the Americans still hold an 8-5 advantage.
All six events on the Asian swing will be back in action in 2015, beginning with the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing, China Oct. 1-4 and ending with the Mizuno Classic in Japan from Nov. 5-8.
"This is an exciting time for the LPGA, its players and corporate sponsors as well as the fans," Whan said. "We're reaching historical highs in so many areas of the tour and we cannot wait to start another great season in January."