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The LPGA, in full the Ladies Professional Golf Association, is an American organization for female professional golfers. The organization, whose headquarters are in Daytona Beach, Floridamarker, is best known for running the LPGA Tour, a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world that runs from February to December each year. In 2009, total prize money on the LPGA Tour was just under $50 million, a decrease of over $10 million from 2008, and there were 29 total official events, down from 34 in 2008. The 2010 season will see a further reduction in events, with 24 officially announced in November 2009, although the LPGA left open the possibility of one or two more events being added before the 2010 season began.

Other "LPGA"s exist in other countries, each with a geographical designation in its name, but the U.S. organization is the largest and best known. The LPGA is also an organization for female club and teaching professionals. This is different from the PGA Tour, which runs the main professional tours in the U.S. and, since 1968, has been independent of the club and teaching professionals' organization, the PGA of America.

The LPGA was founded in 1950 by a group of 13 women, including Babe Didrikson Zaharias. It is now the oldest ongoing women's professional sports organization in the United States. Retired Rear Admiral Marsha J. Evans is the current interim LPGA Commissioner. She took over from Carolyn Bivens, who resigned under pressure from players in July 2009. At the time of Bivens' resignation, the tour only had 14 events locked in for 2010. On October 28, 2009 the LPGA board of directors announced that marketing executive Michael Whan had been hired as the permanent replacement for Bivens and would assume his duties in January 2010.

LPGA Tour tournaments

Most of the LPGA Tour's events are held in the United States. In 2009, three tournaments are scheduled for Mexicomarker and one each in Singaporemarker, Canadamarker, Francemarker, Englandmarker, Chinamarker, South Koreamarker, Thailandmarker, and Japanmarker. Four of the tournaments held outside North America are co-sanctioned with other professional tours. The Ladies European Tour co-sanctions the Evian Masters in France and the Women's British Open, held the following week. The other two co-sanctioned events — the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship (LPGA of Korea Tour) and Mizuno Classic (LPGA of Japan Tour) — are held in successive autumn weeks in Asia.

The LPGA's annual major championships are:

International presence

In its early decades, the LPGA Tour was dominated by American players. Sandra Post of Canada became the first player living outside the United States to gain an LPGA tour card in 1968. The non-U.S. contingent is now very large. The last time an American player topped the money list was in 1993, the last time an American led the tour in tournaments won was in 1996, and from 2000 through 2008, non-Americans won 28 of 36 major championships. In 2009, there are 122 non-Americans from 27 countries, including 47 from South Korea, 14 from Swedenmarker, 10 from Australia, eight from the United Kingdom (four from Englandmarker, three from Scotlandmarker and one from Walesmarker), seven from Canada, five from Taiwanmarker, and four from Japanmarker.

Of the 33 events in 2006, only seven were won by Americans, with Cristie Kerr the only American to win more than once (three times). By contrast, Mexican Lorena Ochoa won seven events, Australian Karrie Webb five, Swede Annika Sörenstam three, and nine South Koreans (Joo Mi Kim, Meena Lee, Sung Ah Yim, Mi Hyun Kim (2), Hee-Won Han(2), Seon Hwa Lee,Se Ri Pak, Jeong Jang, and Jin Joo Hong) combined to win 11 events. (See 2006 LPGA Tour for more details on the 2006 season.)

In 2007, Americans saw a relative resurgence, winning 12 events. For the first time since 2000, two Americans won majors. However, only one American, Paula Creamer, won more than one event, while Mexico's Lorena Ochoa won eight times and Norwaymarker's Suzann Pettersen five. Koreans won only four events, seven fewer than the 11 they won in 2006.

Other tours organized by the LPGA

Besides the main LPGA Tour, the LPGA also owns and operates the Duramed Futures Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA. Top finishers at the end of each season on that tour receive playing privileges on the main LPGA Tour for the following year.

The LPGA also administers an annual Qualifying School similar to that conducted by the PGA Tour. Depending on a golfer's finish in the Qualifying School tournament, she may receive full or partial playing privileges on the LPGA Tour.

In 2001, Jane Blaylock's JBC Marketing established the Women's Senior Golf Tour, now called The Legends Tour, for women professionals aged 45 and older. This is affiliated with the LPGA, but is not owned by the LPGA.

LPGA Playoffs

Since 2006, the LPGA has played a season-ending championship tournament, now known as the LPGA Tour Championship, and known through the 2008 season as the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT. The tournament is held in November. From 2006 through 2008 the LPGA schedule was divided into two halves, with 15 players from each half qualifying for the Championship based on their performance. Two wild-card selections were also included for a final field of 21 players. The winner of the LPGA Tour Championship, which features three days of “playoffs” plus the final championship round, earns $1 million.

In 2009, the Tour Championship field will be increased to 120 players. The qualification criteria was not announced as of May 31, 2009.

2009 LPGA Tour

The number in parentheses after winners' names show the player's total number wins in official money individual events on the LPGA Tour, including that event.
Dates Tournament Location Winner
Jan 24-25 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup* Catriona Matthew (n/a)
Feb 12-14 SBS Open at Turtle Bay Hawaiimarker Angela Stanford (4)
Feb 26-Mar 1 Honda LPGA Thailand Lorena Ochoa (25)

Mar 5-8 HSBC Women's Champions Jiyai Shin (4)
Mar 20-22 MasterCard Classic Pat Hurst (6)
Mar 26-29 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Arizonamarker Karrie Webb (36)
Apr 2-5 Kraft Nabisco Championship Californiamarker Brittany Lincicome (3)
Apr 23-26 Corona Championship Lorena Ochoa (26)
May 7-10 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill Virginiamarker Cristie Kerr (12)
May 14-17 Sybase Classic New Jerseymarker Ji Young Oh (2)
May 21-24 LPGA Corning Classic New Yorkmarker Yani Tseng (2)
Jun 4-7 State Farm Classic Illinoismarker In-Kyung Kim (2)
Jun 11-14 McDonald's LPGA Championship Marylandmarker Anna Nordqvist (1)
Jun 25-28 Wegmans LPGA New Yorkmarker Jiyai Shin (5)
Jul 2-5 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Ohiomarker Eunjung Yi (1)
Jul 9-12 U.S. Women's Open Pennsylvaniamarker Eun-Hee Ji (2)
Jul 23-26 Evian Masters Ai Miyazato (1)
Jul 30-Aug 2 Ricoh Women's British Open Catriona Matthew (3)
Aug 21-23 The Solheim Cup Illinoismarker United Statesmarker
Aug 28-30 Safeway Classic Oregonmarker M. J. Hur (1)
Sep 3-6 CN Canadian Women's Open Albertamarker, Canadamarker Suzann Pettersen (6)
Sep 11-13 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Arkansasmarker Jiyai Shin (6)
Sep 17-20 Samsung World Championship Californiamarker Na Yeon Choi (1)
Sep 24-27 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge Californiamarker Sophie Gustafson (5)
Oct 1-4 Navistar LPGA Classicmarker Alabamamarker Lorena Ochoa (27)
Oct 30-Nov 1 Hana Bank-KOLON Championship Na Yeon Choi (2)
Nov 6-8 Mizuno Classic Bo Bae Song (n/a)
Nov 6-10 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge* Nevadamarker LPGA Team
Nov 12-15 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Michelle Wie (1)
Nov 19-23 LPGA Tour Championship Texasmarker Anna Nordqvist (2)
An asterisk next to a tournament name means that the event is unofficial.Tournaments in bold are majors.

  1. NB: Because this list includes some retired players, most notably Swedish great Annika Sörenstam, the actual number of international players is slightly lower.


2009 money leaders

Top ten official money leaders
Rank Change Player Country Events Prize

money ($)
1 Jiyai Shin 25 1,807,334
2 Cristie Kerr 25 1,519,722
3 Ai Miyazato 22 1,517,149
4 Lorena Ochoa 22 1,489,395
5 Suzann Pettersen 23 1,369,717
6 1 Na Yeon Choi 26 1,341,078
7 1 Yani Tseng 27 1,293,755
8 In-Kyung Kim 25 1,238,396
9 Paula Creamer 24 1,151,864
10 Angela Stanford 21 1,081,916


T=tied for position

Change=change from previous week

Source and complete list: LPGA official website.

Also see: Women's World Golf Rankings

Note: Jiyai Shin's earnings in the Honda LPGA Thailand are not included in accordance with LPGA rules and her total event count also reflects this rule.

Historical tour schedules and results

Year Number of
official tournaments
Countries hosting
tournaments
Tournaments in

United States
Tournaments in

other countries
Total prize money
2008 Tour 34 8 24 10 $60,300,000
2007 Tour 31 8 23 8 $54,285,000
2006 Tour 33 8 25 8 $50,275,000
2005 Tour 32 7 25 7 $45,100,000
2004 Tour 32 6 27 5 $42,875,000
  • Official tournaments are tournaments in which earnings and scores are credited to the players' official LPGA record.


LPGA Tour awards

The LPGA Tour presents several annual awards. Three are awarded in competitive contests, based on scoring over the course of the year.
  • The Rolex Player of the Year is awarded based on a formula in which points are awarded for top-10 finishes and are doubled at the LPGA's four major championships and at the season-ending Tour Championship. The points system is: 30 points for first; 12 points for second; nine points for third; seven points for fourth; six points for fifth; five points for sixth; four points for seventh; three points for eighth; two points for ninth and one point for 10th.
  • The Vare Trophy, named for Glenna Collett-Vare, is given to the player with the lowest scoring average for the season.
  • The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award is awarded to the first-year player on the LPGA Tour who scores the highest in a points competition in which points are awarded based on a player's finish in a event. The points system is: 150 points for first; 80 points for second; 75 points for third; 70 points for fourth; and 65 points for fifth. After fifth place, points are awarded in decrements of three, beginning at sixth place with 62 points. Points are doubled in the major events and at the season-ending Tour Championship. Rookies who make the cut in an event and finish below 41st each receive five points. The award is named after Louise Suggs, one of the founders of the LPGA.


Year Player of the Year Vare Trophy Rookie of the Year
2009 Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Jiyai Shin
2008 Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Yani Tseng
2007 Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Angela Park
2006 Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Seon Hwa Lee
2005 Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Paula Creamer
2004 Annika Sörenstam Grace Park Shi Hyun Ahn
2003 Annika Sörenstam Se Ri Pak Lorena Ochoa
2002 Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Beth Bauer
2001 Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Hee-Won Han
2000 Karrie Webb Karrie Webb Dorothy Delasin
1999 Karrie Webb Karrie Webb Mi Hyun Kim
1998 Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Se Ri Pak
1997 Annika Sörenstam Karrie Webb Lisa Hackney
1996 Laura Davies Annika Sörenstam Karrie Webb
1995 Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Pat Hurst
1994 Beth Daniel Beth Daniel Annika Sörenstam
1993 Betsy King Betsy King Suzanne Strudwick
1992 Dottie Mochrie Dottie Mochrie Helen Alfredsson
1991 Pat Bradley Pat Bradley Brandie Burton
1990 Beth Daniel Beth Daniel Hiromi Kobayashi
1989 Betsy King Beth Daniel Pamela Wright
1988 Nancy Lopez Colleen Walker Liselotte Neumann
1987 Ayako Okamoto Betsy King Tammie Green
1986 Pat Bradley Pat Bradley Jody Rosenthal
1985 Nancy Lopez Nancy Lopez Penny Hammel
1984 Betsy King Patty Sheehan Juli Inkster
1983 Patty Sheehan JoAnne Carner Stephanie Farwig
1982 JoAnne Carner JoAnne Carner Patti Rizzo
1981 JoAnne Carner JoAnne Carner Patty Sheehan
1980 Beth Daniel Amy Alcott Myra Blackwelder
1979 Nancy Lopez Nancy Lopez Beth Daniel
1978 Nancy Lopez Nancy Lopez Nancy Lopez
1977 Judy Rankin Judy Rankin Debbie Massey
1976 Judy Rankin Judy Rankin Bonnie Lauer
1975 Sandra Palmer JoAnne Carner Amy Alcott
1974 JoAnne Carner JoAnne Carner Jan Stephenson
1973 Kathy Whitworth Judy Rankin Laura Baugh
1972 Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Jocelyne Bourassa
1971 Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Sally Little
1970 Sandra Haynie Amy Alcott JoAnne Carner
1969 Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Jane Blalock
1968 Kathy Whitworth Carol Mann Sandra Post
1967 Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Sharron Moran
1966 Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Jan Ferraris
1965 Kathy Whitworth Margie Masters
1964 Mickey Wright Susie Berning
1963 Mickey Wright Clifford Ann Creed
1962 Mickey Wright Mary Mills
1961 Mickey Wright
1960 Mickey Wright
1959 Betsy Rawls
1958 Beverly Hanson
1957 Louise Suggs
1956 Patty Berg
1955 Patty Berg
1954 Babe Zaharias
1953 Patty Berg


Leading money winners by year

Year Player Country Earnings ($) Most wins
2009 Jiyai Shin 1,807,334 3 - Jiyai Shin, Lorena Ochoa
2008 Lorena Ochoa 2,754,660 7 - Lorena Ochoa
2007 Lorena Ochoa 4,364,994 8 - Lorena Ochoa
2006 Lorena Ochoa 2,592,872 6 - Lorena Ochoa
2005 Annika Sörenstam 2,588,240 10 - Annika Sörenstam
2004 Annika Sörenstam 2,544,707 8 - Annika Sörenstam
2003 Annika Sörenstam 2,029,506 6 - Annika Sörenstam
2002 Annika Sörenstam 2,863,904 11 - Annika Sörenstam
2001 Annika Sörenstam 2,105,868 8 - Annika Sörenstam
2000 Karrie Webb 1,876,853 7 - Karrie Webb
1999 Karrie Webb 1,591,959 6 - Karrie Webb
1998 Annika Sörenstam 1,092,748 4 - Annika Sörenstam, Se Ri Pak
1997 Annika Sörenstam 1,236,789 6 - Annika Sörenstam
1996 Karrie Webb 1,002,000 4 - Laura Davies, Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb
1995 Annika Sörenstam 666,533 3 - Annika Sörenstam
1994 Laura Davies 687,201 4 - Beth Daniel
1993 Betsy King 595,992 3 - Brandie Burton
1992 Dottie Mochrie 693,335 4 - Dottie Mochrie
1991 Pat Bradley 763,118 4 - Pat Bradley, Meg Mallon
1990 Beth Daniel 863,578 7 - Beth Daniel
1989 Betsy King 654,132 6 - Betsy King
1988 Sherri Turner 350,851 3 - 5 players (see 1)
1987 Ayako Okamoto 466,034 5 - Jane Geddes
1986 Pat Bradley 492,021 5 - Pat Bradley
1985 Nancy Lopez 416,472 5 - Nancy Lopez
1984 Betsy King 266,771 4 - Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott
1983 JoAnne Carner 291,404 4 - Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan
1982 JoAnne Carner 310,400 5 - JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel
1981 Beth Daniel 206,998 5 - Donna Caponi
1980 Beth Daniel 231,000 5 - Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner
1979 Nancy Lopez 197,489 8 - Nancy Lopez
1978 Nancy Lopez 189,814 9 - Nancy Lopez
1977 Judy Rankin 122,890 5 - Judy Rankin, Debbie Austin
1976 Judy Rankin 150,734 6 - Judy Rankin
1975 Sandra Palmer 76,374 4 - Carol Mann, Sandra Haynie
1974 JoAnne Carner 87,094 6 - JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie
1973 Kathy Whitworth 82,864 7 - Kathy Whitworth
1972 Kathy Whitworth 65,063 5 - Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock
1971 Kathy Whitworth 41,181 5 - Kathy Whitworth
1970 Kathy Whitworth 30,235 4 - Shirley Englehorn
1969 Carol Mann 49,152 8 - Carol Mann
1968 Kathy Whitworth 48,379 10 - Carol Mann, Kathy Whitworth
1967 Kathy Whitworth 32,937 8 - Kathy Whitworth
1966 Kathy Whitworth 33,517 9 - Kathy Whitworth
1965 Kathy Whitworth 28,658 8 - Kathy Whitworth
1964 Mickey Wright 29,800 11 - Mickey Wright
1963 Mickey Wright 31,269 13 - Mickey Wright
1962 Mickey Wright 21,641 10 - Mickey Wright
1961 Mickey Wright 22,236 10 - Mickey Wright
1960 Louise Suggs 16,892 6 - Mickey Wright
1959 Betsy Rawls 26,774 10 - Betsy Rawls
1958 Beverly Hanson 12,639 5 - Mickey Wright
1957 Patty Berg 16,272 5 - Betsy Rawls, Patty Berg
1956 Marlene Hagge 20,235 8 - Marlene Hagge
1955 Patty Berg 16,492 6 - Patty Berg
1954 Patty Berg 16,011 5 - Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias
1953 Louise Suggs 19,816 8 - Louise Suggs
1952 Betsy Rawls 14,505 6 - Betsy Rawls, Louise Suggs
1951 Babe Zaharias 15,087 7 - Babe Zaharias
1950 Babe Zaharias 14,800 6 - Babe Zaharias


1 The five players with who won three titles in 1988 were Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, and Ayako Okamoto.

Leading career money winners

The table below shows the top 20 career money leaders on the LPGA Tour at the end of the 2009 season. There is a more complete list, updated weekly during the Tour season, on the LPGA's official site.

Position Player Country Earned Prize money ($)
1 Annika Sörenstam 1993-2008 22,573,192
2 Karrie Webb 1995-2009 15,274,622
3 Lorena Ochoa 2003-2009 14,686,137
4 Juli Inkster 1983-2009 12,721,919
5 Se Ri Pak 1997-2009 10,600,906
6 Cristie Kerr 1997-2009 10,458,636
7 Meg Mallon 1987-2009 9,044,059
8 Beth Daniel 1979-2007 8,755,733
9 Laura Davies 1986-2009 8,634,263
10 Mi Hyun Kim 1999-2009 8,383,076
11 Rosie Jones 1982-2006 8,355,068
12 Betsy King 1977-2005 7,637,621.50
13 Paula Creamer 2005-2009 6,968,600
14 Dottie Pepper 1988-2004 6,827,284
15 Lorie Kane 1996-2009 6,716,288
16 Pat Hurst 1991-2009 6,534,413
17 Jeong Jang 2000-2009 6,175,003
18 Hee-Won Han 1998-2009 6,093,687
19 Catriona Matthew 1995-2009 5,975,227
20 Sherri Steinhauer 1986-2008 5,929,838


Total prize money awarded in past decades

  • 2000 $38,500,000
  • 1990 $17,100,000
  • 1980 $5,150,000
  • 1970 $435,040
  • 1960 $186,700
  • 1950 $50,000


See also



References

  1. NB: Because this list includes some retired players, most notably Swedish great Annika Sörenstam, the actual number of international players is slightly lower.


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