Evian Championship officials announced Tuesday that they are increasing the French women's professional tournament's total prize money to $3.65 million, making it the second largest purse in women’s golf.

Only the U.S. Women’s Open ($5 million) features a larger purse in women’s golf.

The announcement should help boast the prestige of an event, which continues for fight for recognition as a top-tier event, despite attaining major status in 2013. Last year record scores brought into question the nature of the test, while LPGA star Stacy Lewis has announced that she plans to miss the event altogether due to scheduling issues. 

“While the overall Evian experience consistently sets the standard for unique and special on tour, it's great to see Evian continue to be a leader in growing the economic opportunity for the best female golfers in the world,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement.

The event at the beautiful Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Baines, France, takes place on Sept. 14-17 with In Gee Chun set to defend.


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