The Chevron Championship will be held from March 31 – April, 3, 2022. Played sans spectators in 2020 and 2021, this year’s major event, now being played as The Chevron Championship (formerly the ANA Inspiration) will be the LPGA’s final desert swing. Under the new sponsorship with Chevron, the tournament’s total purse will increase 60% to a $5 million prize fund.
Iconic for the victor’s leap in Poppie’s Pond adjacent to the par-5 finishing hole on Mission Hills’ Dinah Shore Tournament Course, the tournament has been the game’s longest-running event continuously held at the same locale, save for The Masters.
Whether fans are looking to go high-end, casually stroll the Dinah Shore Tournament Course or grab a seat in the grandstands alongside the 18th green, multiple levels of ticketing options are available for this year’s tournament.
Pre-sale parking passes (at Agua Caliente Resort Casino & Spa Rancho Mirage) are available, with shuttling (2.7 miles) from site-to-site.
Single day and weekly grounds passes are also on sale, along with advance, “flexible” single day options for spectators as of yet uncertain which day they’d prefer to attend.
For fans seeking a V.I.P. tournament experience, Clubhouse Tickets are now available and priced for both weekday and weekend attendees. Along with access to the climate-controlled indoor setting, Clubhouse Ticket holders also enjoy all-inclusive food and beverage.
Patty Tavatanakit went wire-to-wire at The Chevron Championship in ’21 to claim her first-ever LPGA title. Holding off a Sunday charge from 2016 Chevron champ Lydia Ko, Tavatanakit used prodigious power from the tee (averaging 320 yards throughout the week) to ultimately author an 18-under cumulative tally, a mark just one shy of Dottie Pepper’s record mark set in 1999.
Though Tavatanakit didn’t win again last year, the native of Thailand and former UCLA Bruin did record seven more top-10 finishes over the duration of the ’21 campaign before earning another top-10 early in the 2022 season.
Seeking to block Tavatanakit from becoming the tournament’s first back-to-back champ since Annika Sorenstam in 2001-02 are a host suitors.
South Korea’s Jin Young Ko, winner of The Chevron in 2019, returns to the desert as the world’s top-ranked player and the decided favorite to make the final leap into Poppie’s Pond -- and with good reason. After a superb, five-win LPGA season in ’21 (which also included six more top-6 finishes), Ko got her ’22 underway with a victory at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in early March. Along the way, Ko set a new Tour record with 15 consecutive rounds shooting in the 60s.
As for the “other” Ko, Lydia enters The Chevron back to old form. Having won just once between 2017-2020, the 24-year-old New Zealander captured wins in both ’21 and ’22 and is now No. 3 in the world. In nine career appearances at The Chevron, she’s authored six top-25 finishes, to go with a trio of top-10s.
While fans will be back at Mission Hills Country Club to watch the world’s best ladies, such an opportunity will be a local last in Greater Palm Springs.
In October of ’21, it was announced that the historic tournament – contended in Rancho Mirage since 1972, and played as the annual golf season’s first major championship since 1983 – will move.