Planet Golf — 14 May 2016 by GW staff and news services
Spilkova accepts invite to LPGA major

SAMMAMISH, WA – Klára Spilková of the Czech Republic has accepted a special exemption to compete in the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to be conducted June 7-12, at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, WA.

Spilková, 21, is the top-ranked player from the Czech Republic in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and at age 16 was the youngest player to receive full membership on the Ladies European Tour.

This will be Spilková’s first major- championship appearance in the United States. On track to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Spilková has competed in the past three Ricoh British Open Championships and the 2015 Evian Championship.

She joins an elite field that includes three-time defending champion Inbee Park, World No. 1 Lydia Ko, and American hopefuls Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — a collaboration between the PGA of America, KPMG and the LPGA Tour — continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship. Broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, the Championship offers a purse among the highest in women’s golf.

The event combines an annual major golf championship with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and an ongoing charitable initiative – all focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

Golf Channel will televise all four rounds of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT; Saturday, June 11, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. PT; and Sunday, June 12, from 3:00-5:30 p.m. PT. NBC coverage of the final two rounds is Saturday, June 11, from 11:00-2:00 PT and Sunday, June 12, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. PT.

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