These 16 statistics prove that women’s golf is on a serious upswing

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When it comes to gains in women's golf, the stats speak for themselves.


How should we put this? Women and girls have been playing catch-up in golf pretty much since shepherds began hitting rocks with their crooks.

Recently, and thankfully, the news has gotten much better. Momentum is with females — and the numbers tell the story.

At the pro level, prize money and venue quality are rising, which is appropriate (and long overdue) given the remarkable level of play consistently on display. Visibility and viewership are surging too.

(FAST Studios’ pledge to include the LPGA in its forthcoming all-women’s sports network package should only help on this front.)

In amateur golf, from both a competitive and participation perspective, females are making tremendous strides as well. More women and girls are playing — and playing for stakes — while enjoying every benefit the game has to offer. Long may the ladies put a swing on it.

Rising Tide

Prize money in the women’s game continues to reach new high-water marks.


Hot Spots

Women’s majors are now regularly being hosted at worthy, world-class venues. Here are some future sites.


National Treasure

The U.S. Women’s Open is, decade by decade, digging deep for the ladies too.



Is women’s golf for real and rapidly ascendant? Count on it.


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A former executive editor of GOLF Maga­zine, Rothman is now a remote contract freelancer. His primary role centers around custom publishing, which en­tails writing, editing and procuring client approval on travel advertorial sections. Since 2016, he has also written, pseudonymously, the popular “Rules Guy” monthly column, and often pens the recurring “How It Works” page. Rothman’s freelance work for both GOLF and runs the gamut from equipment, instruc­tion, travel and feature-writing, to editing major-championship previews and service packages.