The Chevron Championship is a professional women's golf tournament. An event on the LPGA Tour, it is one of the tour's five major championships, and has traditionally been the first of the season since its elevation to major status in 1983. Founded in 1972 by singer and actress Dinah Shore and Colgate-Palmolive chairman David Foster, it was played at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California from its inception through to 2021. Through 2022, it is one of two LPGA majors that is held at the same course annually, alongside The Evian Championship.
|Location||Rancho Mirage, California|
|Established||1972, 50 years ago|
1983 (major championship)
|Course(s)||Mission Hills Country Club|
Dinah Shore Tourn. Course
|Length||6,769 yards (6,190 m)|
|Format||Stroke play - 72 holes|
|Prize fund||$5 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||269 Dottie Pepper (1999)|
|To par||−19 Dottie Pepper (1999)|
|2021 ANA Inspiration|
Sometimes referred to as the Dinah Shore, in deference to its founder, the tournament has had many official sponsored titles, all of which included Shore's name until 2000; since then it has been titled as the Nabisco Championship, Kraft Nabisco Championship, and ANA Inspiration.
The tournament's time at Mission Hills is associated with several traditions; in 1988, Amy Alcott established a tradition of the tournament champion diving into the pond that surrounds the 18th hole, while an annual women's festival coinciding with the tournament has been held since 1991, attracting a large number of female tourists to the Palm Springs area for the events annually. In 2022, the tournament will be held in Mission Hills for the final time; as part of a new title sponsorship agreement with Chevron Corporation, the tournament will be moved to a new venue in 2023, expected to be in the Greater Houston area.
Founded in 1972 by Colgate-Palmolive chairman David Foster, and entertainer Dinah Shore, the tournament has been classified as a major since 1983. Since its inception, it has been held annually at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, southeast of Palm Springs. It is the first major of the year, usually played in late March or early April.
At its debut in 1972 as a 54-hole event, it was the richest event in women's golf; its purse was more than double that of the LPGA Championship or the U.S. Women's Open. The first edition invited all winners of tour events from the previous ten seasons.
After over twenty years of sponsorship by Nabisco, and parent company Kraft Foods, Japanese airline All Nippon Airways became the title sponsor of the tournament in late 2014, renaming the tournament the ANA Inspiration (in reference to its slogan "Inspiration of Japan").
In October 2021, a six-year sponsorship agreement with energy company Chevron Corporation was announced that would see the tournament renamed The Chevron Championship, with an increased prize fund of $5 million in 2022, up from $3 million in 2021. It was also revealed that the tournament will be moved to a course in the Greater Houston area in 2023 with a change of dates agreed in order to secure network television coverage on NBC. Dinah Shore's daughter Melissa Montomgery established an advisory board to oversee the tournament's transition.
|1972–1980||Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle|
|1982||Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational|
|1983–1999||Nabisco Dinah Shore|
|2002–2014||Kraft Nabisco Championship|
|from 2022||The Chevron Championship|
- Informally, it is commonly referred to as "the Dinah Shore,"
even though her name was removed from the official title in 2000.
The winner's trophy bears Shore's name.
Since 1988, the winner traditionally celebrates her victory by jumping in the pond surrounding the 18th green. The pond is known as Champions Lake or "Poppie's Pond" as it was dubbed in 2006 honor of Terry Wilcox, the tournament director from 1994 through 2008; Wilcox is known as "Poppie" to his grandchildren.
Amy Alcott established the tradition in 1988 to celebrate her second win here, and repeated in 1991, including tournament host Dinah Shore. It was not embraced by others until 1994, when Donna Andrews made the leap, followed by Nanci Bowen the next year, and it became an annual tradition. In 1998, winner Pat Hurst waded in only up to her knees, as she could not swim.
Originally a very natural water hazard, the portion near the bridge it is now lined with concrete and has treated water, more like a swimming pool.
A women's festival known as the Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend has been held in the city of Palm Springs, California during the week of the tournament, featuring concerts by female musicians, comedy shows, parties, and other events and networking opportunities. The Dinah Shore Weekend was first organized in 1991 by promoter Mariah Hanson, expanding upon afterparties that had become associated with the tournament.
A large number of lesbians and bisexual women visit the Palm Beach area for the festival and tournament; the Dinah Shore Weekend was described by Los Angeles as the "largest annual gathering of queer women and their female allies", while the tournament as a whole has been described as "spring break for lesbians."
|2021||Apr 1–4||Patty Tavatanakit||Thailand||66-69-67-68||270||−18||2 strokes||3,100,000||465,000|
|2020||Sep 10–13||Mirim Lee||South Korea||70-65-71-67||273||−15||Playoff||3,100,000||465,000|
|2019||Apr 4–7||Ko Jin-young||South Korea||69-71-68-70||278||−10||3 strokes||3,000,000||450,000|
|2018||Mar 29 – Apr 2 ^||Pernilla Lindberg||Sweden||65-67-70-71||273||−15||Playoff||2,800,000||420,000|
|2017||Mar 30 – Apr 2||Ryu So-yeon||South Korea||68-69-69-68||274||−14||Playoff||2,700,000||405,000|
|2016||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Lydia Ko||New Zealand||70-68-69-69||276||−12||1 stroke||2,600,000||390,000|
|2015||Apr 2–5||Brittany Lincicome (2)||United States||72-68-70-69||279||−9||Playoff||2,500,000||375,000|
|2014||Apr 3–6||Lexi Thompson||United States||73-64-69-68||274||−14||3 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2013||Apr 4–7||Inbee Park||South Korea||70-67-67-69||273||−15||4 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2012||Mar 29 – Apr 1||Sun-Young Yoo||South Korea||69-69-72-69||279||−9||Playoff||2,000,000||300,000|
|2011||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Stacy Lewis||United States||66-69-71-69||275||−13||3 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2010||Apr 1–4||Yani Tseng||Taiwan||69-71-67-68||275||−13||1 stroke||2,000,000||300,000|
|2009||Apr 2–5||Brittany Lincicome||United States||66-74-70-69||279||−9||1 stroke||2,000,000||300,000|
|2008||Apr 3–6||Lorena Ochoa||Mexico||68-71-71-67||277||−11||5 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2007||Mar 29 – Apr 1||Morgan Pressel||United States||74-72-70-69||285||−3||1 stroke||2,000,000||300,000|
|2006||Mar 30 – Apr 2||Karrie Webb (2)||Australia||70-68-76-65||279||−9||Playoff||1,800,000||270,000|
|2005||Mar 24–27||Annika Sörenstam (3)||Sweden||70-69-66-68||273||−15||8 strokes||1,800,000||270,000|
|2004||Mar 25–28||Grace Park||South Korea||72-69-67-69||277||−11||1 stroke||1,600,000||240,000|
|2003||Mar 27–30||Patricia Meunier-Lebouc||France||70-68-70-73||281||−7||1 stroke||1,600,000||240,000|
|2002||Mar 28–31||Annika Sörenstam (2)||Sweden||70-71-71-68||280||−8||1 stroke||1,500,000||225,000|
|2001||Mar 22–25||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||72-70-70-69||281||−7||3 strokes||1,500,000||225,000|
|2000||Mar 23–26||Karrie Webb||Australia||67-70-67-70||274||−14||10 strokes||1,250,000||187,500|
|1999||Mar 25–28||Dottie Pepper (2)||United States||70-66-67-66||269||−19||6 strokes||1,000,000||150,000|
|1998||Mar 26–29||Pat Hurst||United States||68-72-70-71||281||−7||1 stroke||1,000,000||150,000|
|1997||Mar 27–30||Betsy King (3)||United States||71-67-67-71||276||−12||2 strokes||900,000||135,000|
|1996||Mar 28–31||Patty Sheehan||United States||71-72-67-71||281||−7||1 stroke||900,000||135,000|
|1995||Mar 23–26||Nanci Bowen||United States||69-75-71-70||285||−3||1 stroke||850,000||127,500|
|1994||Mar 24–27||Donna Andrews||United States||70-69-67-70||276||−12||2 strokes||700,000||105,000|
|1993||Mar 25–28||Helen Alfredsson||Sweden||69-71-72-72||284||−4||2 strokes||700,000||105,000|
|1992||Mar 26–29||Dottie Mochrie||United States||69-71-70-69||279||−9||Playoff||700,000||105,000|
|1991||Mar 28–31||Amy Alcott (3)||United States||67-70-68-68||273||−15||8 strokes||600,000||90,000|
|1990||Mar 29 – Apr 1||Betsy King (2)||United States||69-70-69-75||283||−5||2 strokes||600,000||90,000|
|1989||Mar 30 – Apr 2||Juli Inkster (2)||United States||66-69-73-71||279||−9||5 strokes||500,000||80,000|
|1988||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Amy Alcott (2)||United States||71-66-66-71||274||−14||2 strokes||500,000||80,000|
|1987||Apr 2–5||Betsy King||United States||68-75-72-68||283||−5||Playoff||500,000||80,000|
|1986||Apr 3–6||Pat Bradley||United States||68-72-69-71||280||−8||2 strokes||430,000||75,000|
|1985||Apr 4–7||Alice Miller||United States||70-68-70-67||275||−13||3 strokes||400,000||55,000|
|1984||Apr 5–8||Juli Inkster||United States||70-73-69-68||280||−8||Playoff||400,000||55,000|
|1983||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Amy Alcott||United States||70-70-70-72||282||−6||2 strokes||400,000||55,000|
^ Play extended one day due to darkness.
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Winners as a non-majorEdit
|1982||Sally Little||South Africa||76-67-71-64||278||−10||3 strokes||300,000||45,000|
|1981||Nancy Lopez||United States||71-73-69-64||277||−11||2 strokes||250,000||37,500|
|1980||Donna Caponi||United States||71-67-66-71||275||−13||2 strokes||250,000||37,500|
|1979||Sandra Post (2)||Canada||68-70-68-70||276||−12||1 stroke||250,000||37,500|
|1977||Kathy Whitworth||United States||76-70-72-71||289||+1||1 stroke||240,000||36,000|
|1976||Judy Rankin||United States||74-72-71-68||285||−3||3 strokes||185,000||32,000|
|1975||Sandra Palmer||United States||70-70-70-73||283||−5||1 stroke||180,000||32,000|
|1974||Jo Ann Prentice||United States||71-71-74-73||289||+1||Playoff||179,000||32,000|
|1973||Mickey Wright||United States||71-74-71-68||284||−4||2 strokes||135,000||25,000|
|1972||Jane Blalock||United States||71-70-72||213||−3||3 strokes||110,000||20,050|
Multiple winners of the event as a major championship.
|Amy Alcott||United States||3||1983, 1988, 1991|
|Betsy King||United States||3||1987, 1990, 1997|
|Annika Sörenstam ‡||Sweden||3||2001, 2002, 2005|
|Juli Inkster ‡||United States||2||1984, 1989|
|Dottie Pepper||United States||2||1992, 1999|
|Karrie Webb ‡||Australia||2||2000, 2006|
|Brittany Lincicome||United States||2||2009, 2015|
|Career Grand Slam winners ‡|
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