What will it take for the Buick LPGA Shanghai to return to Shanghai?

By: August 7, 2023

In October, the Buick LPGA Shanghai – organized & promoted by IMG – will return to Shangai, China. It will be held at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club from October 12th to 15th.

Buick will also present a highly coveted Buick LPGA Shanghai exemption to this year’s 2023 Buick China Junior Golf Championship winner.

It is hardly surprising that Buick LPGA Shanghai is making a triumphant return, given the remarkable sales figures achieved by Buick in China in 2022. It sold over 644,000 units, led by the robust demand for its premium models.

2019 Buick LPGA Shanghai Nelly Korda

There is another very valid reason to return to Shanghai. It is Chinese women golfers’ remarkable achievements in recent years, with an increasing number of Chinese players making their mark in the LPGA, such as 20-year-old Yin Ruoning and 10-year veteran Lin Xiyu.

The Buick LPGA Shanghai is the only international top-tier professional golf tournament hosted in China this year. The Buick LPGA Shanghai will attract the world’s finest female golfers, marking the return of international golf to China.

With a total prize purse of $2.1 million, the 2023 Buick LPGA Shanghai is certified by the LPGA, recognized as the highest-level women’s golf tour globally, and the China Ladies Professional Golf Association (CLPGA).

Thanks to being a family-friendly event and delivering the highest quality with leading international golfers, the Buick LPGA Shanghai became one of Asia’s most prestigious women’s golf events.

The 2019 Buick LPGA Shanghai, held in Shanghai, China, successfully welcomed 81 world-class female golfers representing 17 countries and regions. Among them were seven players ranked in the top 10 of the world rankings and 16 LPGA champions.

Georgia Hall at the 2019 Buick LPGA Shanghai

This is an important year as China’s women’s golf national team prepares for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The retirement of former world number one Feng Shanshan marked a transitional phase for the Chinese golfing contingent.

In this year’s championship, Chinese female golfers will look to capitalize on the home advantage to help them secure the coveted qualification spots for the Paris Olympics.

In 2021, the Buick LPGA Shanghai was bestowed the prestigious “Shanghai Sports Developing Event” designation by the Shanghai Administration of Sports, strengthening its position as a benchmark event in Shanghai’s pursuit to become an international sports event hub.

Luo Wenhua, Deputy Director General of Shanghai Administration of Sports, remarks:

“The staging of the prestigious Buick LPGA Shanghai reflects Shanghai’s profound potential in sports development and solid foundation for hosting the Top-Tier international sports event. As a sports-enthusiastic and vibrant city, Shanghai’s citizens have shown an increasing passion for sports, particularly in golf.”

Buick LPGA Shangai at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club