The LPGA will return to the Boston market next year for the first time since Meg Mallon won the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open at Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, the tour has announced. The new 2024 FM Global Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, will feature a $3.5 million purse, the largest on tour outside of the majors and tour championship.
The field of 144 will compete from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 as part of the lead-up to the 2024 Solheim Cup in Gainesville, Virginia.
The 2024 event is the start of a five-year partnership and marks FM Global’s first major sports sponsorship. The deal was facilitated by Fenway Sports Management, which formed a commercial alliance with the LPGA earlier this year.
TPC Boston has been a staple over the years on the PGA Tour, having hosted 17 events including the Deutsche Bank Championship, Dell Technologies Championship and Northern Trust. This marks the first time the course will host a professional women’s event.
“Boston is quickly becoming a dynamic home for women’s sports,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan, noting the city’s new National Women’s Soccer League team and the new Professional Women’s Hockey League team.
FM Global is a centuries-old mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its policyholder-owners.
“We are proud to partner with the LPGA Tour to support this new, marquee event and bring women’s professional golf back to New England,” Malcolm Roberts, president and chief executive officer of FM Global, said in a release.
“The FM Global Championship provides a tremendous platform to promote diversity and inclusion on the playing field and in the workplace, raise awareness of FM Global’s unique approach to helping clients protect their businesses and mitigate loss, engage our employees, and drive positive impact in our communities.”