The 2015 Cambia Portland Classic golf tournament on the LPGA Tour for women players is taking place this week from August 13-16, 2015, at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club located near the edge of the Columbia River on the north side of Portland, Oregon. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the women LPGA golfers playing in the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic.
The Portland Classic dates back to 1972 on the LPGA Tour. From 1977 to 1982, the Portland Classic was played as an unofficial money team event. In the past, the Portland Classic was won by many great women golfers like Kathy Whitworth, Judy Rankin, JoAnne Carner, Nancy Lopez, Donna Caponi, Amy Alcott, Betsy King, Patty Sheehan, Dottie Pepper, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. Many of those golf greats have won this tournament multiple times.
In more modern times, great woman golfers who have won the Portland Classic include Cristie Kerr (2008), Ai Miyazato (2010), and Suzann Pettersen (2011, 2013). Since 2009, three women LPGA golfers have recorded their first ever tour wins at the Portland Classic. M.J. Hur won for the first time on tour here in 2009, Mika Miyazato (no relation to Ai Miyazato) won for the first time on tour here in 2012, and last year’s winner, Austin Ernst, recorded her first ever win at the 2014 Portland Classic.
Total prize money up for grabs at the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic is $1.3 million. That is the same amount of prize money as last year and since 2013. The winner’s share of the prize money shown below is set in stone while the other amounts can vary a little bit based upon ties and how many players actually make the cut.
- Winner – $195,000
The winner of the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic will earn a nice paycheck of $195,000. That is the same amount of prize money Austin Ernst earned when she won the tournament last year. As mentioned above, the win here last year was the first LPGA Tour win for Austin Ernst. And to get the win she had to beat out In-Kyung Kim from South Korea in a playoff. Austin Ernst played golf in college for LSU. She has been on the LPGA Tour since 2013 and her career earnings are $838,000.
- Second place – $118,921
Second place is worth $118,921 at the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic. That is the same amount of money won by In-Kyung Kim (or I.K. Kim) when she lost the playoff to Austin Ernst and finished in second place last year. I.K. Kim has won three times on the LPGA Tour and she has impressive career earnings of $6.8 million. She has been playing on tour since 2007.
- Third place – $86,000
Third place at the 2015 Portland Classic is worth $86,000. Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu split $153,004 with each player earning $76,502 when they tied for third place here last year. Chella Choi just recorded the first win of her LPGA career a month ago in the 2015 Marathon Classic. Chella has been playing on tour since 2009 and her career earnings are $3.5 million.
- Fourth place – $67,000
Fourth place is worth $67,000 at the 2015 Portland Classic. So Yeon Ryu, who finished tied for third last year, has been playing on the LPGA Tour since 2011. She has three career LPGA wins including the U.S. Women’s Open in 2011, and has earned $4.9 million to date. So Yeon Ryu won the 2015 World Ladies Championship this year on the Ladies European Tour.
- Fifth place – $55,000
Fifth place at the 2015 Portland Classic is worth $55,000. Na Yeon Choi, Karine Icher, Eun-Hee Ji, and Line Vedel split $166,680 with each player earning $41,670 when they all tied for fifth place here last year. Both Na Yeon Choi (2012) and Eun-Hee Ji (2009) have each won a major in their careers and both came at the U.S. Women’s Open. Of the four women who tied for fifth last year, Na Yeon Choi is easily the most accomplished as she has won nine times on tour and has career earnings of $10.3 million.