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Women’s PGA Championship heads for two-year stretch in Illinois

The PGA of America has announced that golf major the Women’s PGA Championship will take place in the state of Illinois in 2017 and 2018.

Olympia Fields County Club, Chicago will stage the second of women’s golf’s five annual majors in 2017, with Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer taking up the mantle the following year.

Chicago hosted the last of its three U.S Women’s Opens in 2000 and the area has since gone without women’s majors.

“Both Olympia Fields Country Club and Kemper Lakes Golf Club are well-versed in major championship golf,” PGA of America president Derek Sprague said. “We believe that both will build off each other's momentum and deliver two magnificent championships befitting a world-class destination like Chicago.”

Ladies Professional Golf Association commissioner Michael Whan added: “The Chicagoland area has always been a strong supporter of the LPGA and that was on full display back in 2009 when we hosted a successful Solheim Cup. With this announcement and the UL International Crown taking place at Rich Harvest Farms in 2016, the great fans in Chicago will now have an opportunity to see the best female golfers in the world in each of the next three years.”

Next year’s Women’s PGA Championship will be staged at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, with South Korea’s Inbee Park (pictured) set to defend the title she collected at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York earlier this year, her third straight triumph.