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The Ladies Professional Golf
Association (LPGA) is an American organization for female professional golfers. The organization is headquartered at the LPGA International
LPGA International
in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is best known for running the LPGA
Tour, a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world.


1 Organization and history 2 Prize money and tournaments 3 International presence 4 L PGA Tour
PGA Tour

4.1 LPGA

5 2018 LPGA
Tour 6 2018 money leaders 7 Historical tour schedules and results 8 Hall of Fame 9 L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
awards 10 Leading money winners by year 11 Leading career money winners 12 Total prize money awarded in past years 13 See also 14 References 15 External links

Organization and history[edit] Other "LPGAs" exist in other countries, each with a geographical designation in its name, but the U.S. organization is the first, 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
also administers an annual qualifying school similar to that conducted by the PGA Tour. Depending on a golfer's finish in the final qualifying tournament, she may receive full or partial playing privileges on the LPGA
Tour. In addition to the main LPGA
Tour, the LPGA
also owns and operates the Symetra Tour, formerly the 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 L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
for the following year. In its 63rd season in 2012, The LPGA
is the oldest continuing women's professional sports organization in the United States.[4][5] It was founded in 1950 by a group of 13 golfers: Alice Bauer, Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettweiler, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions, Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs, and Babe Zaharias.[3] The LPGA
succeeded the WPGA (Women's Professional Golf
Association), which was founded in 1944 but stopped its limited tour after the 1948 season and officially ceased operations in December 1949.[6] In 2001, Jane Blalock'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. Michael Whan became the eighth commissioner of the LPGA
in October 2009, succeeding the ousted Carolyn Bivens.[5][7] Whan is a former marketing executive in the sporting goods industry.[8] After a lawsuit filed by golfer Lana Lawless, the rules were changed in 2010 to allow transgender competitors.[9][10][11] In 2013, trans woman Bobbi Lancaster faced local scorn for attempting playing in Arizona's Cactus Tour and attempting to qualify in the LPGA
Qualifying Tournament.[12] Prize money and tournaments[edit] In 2010, total official prize money on the L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
was $41.4 million, a decrease of over $6 million from 2009. In 2010 there were 24 official tournaments, down from 28 in 2009 and 34 in 2008. Despite the loss in total tournaments, the number of tournaments hosted outside of the United States
United States
in 2010 stayed the same, as all four lost tournaments had been hosted in the United States. By 2016, the number of tournaments had risen to 33 with a record-high total prize money in excess of $63 million. International presence[edit] In its first four decades, the L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
was dominated by American players. Sandra Post of Canada
became the first player living outside the United States
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 2009, non-Americans won 31 of 40 major championships. Particularly, one of the notable trends seen in the early 21st century in the LPGA
is the rise and dominance of Korean golfers.[13] Se Ri Pak's early success in the LPGA
sparked the boom in Korean women golfers on the LPGA
Tour.[14] In 2009, there were 122 non-Americans from 27 countries on the tour, including 47 from South Korea, 14 from Sweden, 10 from Australia, eight from the United Kingdom (four from England, three from Scotland
and one from Wales), seven from Canada, five from Taiwan, and four from Japan.[15] Of the 33 events in 2006, a total of 11 were won by Koreans
and only seven were won by Americans. (See 2006 L PGA Tour
PGA 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 (See 2007 L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
for more details on the 2007 season.) In 2008, Americans grew in dominance, winning 9 of 34 events, tied with Koreans, but no majors, one of which was won by a Mexican player, one by Taiwanese, and the other two by teenage Korean players (See 2008 L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
for more details on the 2008 season.) In 2009, Americans won 5 of 28 official events, including one major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship while Koreans
won 11 events (See 2009 L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
for more details on the 2009 season.) L PGA Tour
PGA Tour

Kristy McPherson
Kristy McPherson
during her practice round before the 2009 LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock Golf
Course in Maryland.

Most of the LPGA
Tour's events are held in the United States. In 2010, two tournaments were played in Mexico
and one each in Singapore, Canada, France, England, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan. Unofficial events were also held in Brazil
and Jamaica. In 2011, the unofficial Jamaica
event was dropped and a tournament in Mexico
was canceled months in advance over security concerns. The Women's British Open rotated from England
to Scotland
and all other countries retained their tournaments. In addition, events were added in China and Taiwan, while the biennial USA– Europe
team competition, the Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup
was played in Ireland. (The new event in China was postponed and ultimately canceled.) Five of the tournaments held outside North America
North America
are co-sanctioned with other professional tours. The Ladies European Tour co-sanctions the Women's British Open, The Evian Championship
The Evian Championship
in France, and the Women's Australian Open
Women's Australian Open
(also co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour). The other two co-sanctioned events—the LPGA Hana Bank Championship
LPGA Hana Bank Championship
(LPGA of Korea Tour) and Mizuno Classic
Mizuno Classic
of Japan
Tour)—are held during the tour's autumn swing to Asia. The LPGA's annual major championships are:

ANA Inspiration U.S. Women's Open Women's PGA Championship Ricoh Women's British Open The Evian Championship

Playoffs[edit] Since 2006, the LPGA
has played a season-ending championship tournament. Through the 2008 season, it was known as the LPGA
Playoffs at The ADT; in 2009 and 2010, it was known as the LPGA
Tour Championship; and in 2011, the event became the CME Group Titleholders, 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 L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Championship, which features three days of "playoffs" plus the final championship round, earns $1 million. In 2009, the Tour Championship field was increased to 120 players, with entry open to all Tour members in the top 120 on the money list as of three weeks prior to the start of the tournament. The total purse was $1.5 million with $225,000 going to the winner. The CME Group Titleholders, which resurrects the name of a former LPGA major championship (the Titleholders Championship), was first played in 2011. From 2011 to 2013, its field was made up of three qualifiers from each official tour event during the season, specifically the top three finishers not previously qualified. Beginning in 2014, the field will be determined by a season-long points race. The winner of the points race will receive a $1 million bonus.[16] 2018 LPGA
Tour[edit] See also: 2018 LPGA
Tour 2018 money leaders[edit] Through the conclusion of the ANA Inspiration
ANA Inspiration
on April 2.

Rank Change Player Country Events Prize money ($)

1 5 Inbee Park  South Korea 4 480,221

2 52 Pernilla Lindberg  Sweden 7 461,036

3 2 Jessica Korda  United States 4 413,820

4 3 Ariya Jutanugarn  Thailand 7 359,292

5 4 Jin-Young Ko  South Korea 6 328,101

6 3 Michelle Wie  United States 6 325,414

7 5 Brittany Lincicome  United States 6 305,778

8 4 Eun-Hee Ji  South Korea 5 303,525

9 7 Moriya Jutanugarn  Thailand 7 267,845

10 60 Jennifer Song  United States 5 251,259

Change = change from previous rank. Source and complete list: LPGA
official website. Historical tour schedules and results[edit]

Year Number of official tournaments Countries hosting tournaments Tournaments in United States Tournaments in other countries Total prize money ($)

2017 34 15 17 17 67,650,000

2016 33 14 18 15 63,000,000

2015 31 14 17 14 59,100,000

2014 32 14 17 15 57,550,000

2013 28 14 14 14 48,900,000

2012 27 12 15 12 47,000,000

2011 23 11 13 10 41,500,000

2010 24 10 14 10 41,400,000

2009 28 9 18 10 47,600,000

2008 34 8 24 10 60,300,000

2007 31 8 23 8 54,285,000

2006 33 8 25 8 50,275,000

2005 32 7 25 7 45,100,000

2004 32 6 27 5 42,875,000

Official tournaments are tournaments in which earnings and scores are credited to the players' official LPGA

Hall of Fame[edit] The LPGA
established the Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
of Women's Golf
in 1951, with four charter members: Patty Berg, Betty Jameson, Louise Suggs, and Babe Zaharias. After being inactive for several years, the Hall of Fame moved in 1967 to its first physical premises, in Augusta, Georgia, and was renamed the L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Hall of Fame. In 1998 it merged into the World Golf
Hall of Fame. L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
awards[edit] The L PGA Tour
PGA 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
Louise Suggs
Rolex Rookie of the Year Award is awarded to the first-year player on the L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
who scores the highest in a points competition in which points are awarded based on a player's finish in an 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.

American golfer Nancy Lopez, in 1978, is the only player to win all three awards in the same season. Lopez was also the Tour's top money earner that season.

Year Player of the Year Vare Trophy Rookie of the Year

2017 Sung Hyun Park So Yeon Ryu Lexi Thompson Sung Hyun Park[17]

2016 Ariya Jutanugarn In Gee Chun In Gee Chun

2015 Lydia Ko Inbee Park Sei Young Kim

2014 Stacy Lewis Stacy Lewis Lydia Ko[18]

2013 Inbee Park Stacy Lewis Moriya Jutanugarn

2012 Stacy Lewis Inbee Park So Yeon Ryu

2011 Yani Tseng Yani Tseng Hee Kyung Seo

2010 Yani Tseng Na Yeon Choi Azahara Muñoz

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 Kathy Whitworth 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 Maxwell

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[edit]

Year Player Country Earnings ($) Most wins

2017 Sung Hyun Park  South Korea 2,335,883 3 – Shanshan Feng, In-Kyung Kim

2016 Ariya Jutanugarn  Thailand 2,550,928 5 – Ariya Jutanugarn

2015 Lydia Ko  New Zealand 2,800,802 5 – Lydia Ko, Inbee Park

2014 Stacy Lewis  United States 2,539,039 3 – Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park

2013 Inbee Park  South Korea 2,456,619 6 – Inbee Park

2012 Inbee Park  South Korea 2,287,080 4 – Stacy Lewis

2011 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 2,921,713 7 – Yani Tseng

2010 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 1,871,166 5 – Ai Miyazato

2009 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 1,807,334 3 – Jiyai Shin, Lorena Ochoa

2008 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 2,754,660 7 – Lorena Ochoa

2007 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 4,364,994 8 – Lorena Ochoa

2006 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 2,592,872 6 – Lorena Ochoa

2005 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 2,588,240 10 – Annika Sörenstam

2004 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 2,544,707 8 – Annika Sörenstam

2003 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 2,029,506 6 – Annika Sörenstam

2002 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 2,863,904 11 – Annika Sörenstam

2001 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 2,105,868 8 – Annika Sörenstam

2000 Karrie Webb  Australia 1,876,853 7 – Karrie Webb

1999 Karrie Webb  Australia 1,591,959 6 – Karrie Webb

1998 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 1,092,748 4 – Annika Sörenstam, Se Ri Pak

1997 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 1,236,789 6 – Annika Sörenstam

1996 Karrie Webb  Australia 1,002,000 4 – Laura Davies, Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb

1995 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 666,533 3 – Annika Sörenstam

1994 Laura Davies  England 687,201 4 – Beth Daniel

1993 Betsy King  United States 595,992 3 – Brandie Burton

1992 Dottie Mochrie  United States 693,335 4 – Dottie Mochrie

1991 Pat Bradley  United States 763,118 4 – Pat Bradley, Meg Mallon

1990 Beth Daniel  United States 863,578 7 – Beth Daniel

1989 Betsy King  United States 654,132 6 – Betsy King

1988 Sherri Turner  United States 350,851 3 – 5 players (see 1)

1987 Ayako Okamoto  Japan 466,034 5 – Jane Geddes

1986 Pat Bradley  United States 492,021 5 – Pat Bradley

1985 Nancy Lopez  United States 416,472 5 – Nancy Lopez

1984 Betsy King  United States 266,771 4 – Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott

1983 JoAnne Carner  United States 291,404 4 – Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan

1982 JoAnne Carner  United States 310,400 5 – JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel

1981 Beth Daniel  United States 206,998 5 – Donna Caponi

1980 Beth Daniel  United States 231,000 5 – Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner

1979 Nancy Lopez  United States 197,489 8 – Nancy Lopez

1978 Nancy Lopez  United States 189,814 9 – Nancy Lopez

1977 Judy Rankin  United States 122,890 5 – Judy Rankin, Debbie Austin

1976 Judy Rankin  United States 150,734 6 – Judy Rankin

1975 Sandra Palmer  United States 76,374 4 – Carol Mann, Sandra Haynie

1974 JoAnne Carner  United States 87,094 6 – JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie

1973 Kathy Whitworth  United States 82,864 7 – Kathy Whitworth

1972 Kathy Whitworth  United States 65,063 5 – Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock

1971 Kathy Whitworth  United States 41,181 5 – Kathy Whitworth

1970 Kathy Whitworth  United States 30,235 4 – Shirley Englehorn

1969 Carol Mann  United States 49,152 8 – Carol Mann

1968 Kathy Whitworth  United States 48,379 10 – Carol Mann, Kathy Whitworth

1967 Kathy Whitworth  United States 32,937 8 – Kathy Whitworth

1966 Kathy Whitworth  United States 33,517 9 – Kathy Whitworth

1965 Kathy Whitworth  United States 28,658 8 – Kathy Whitworth

1964 Mickey Wright  United States 29,800 11 – Mickey Wright

1963 Mickey Wright  United States 31,269 13 – Mickey Wright

1962 Mickey Wright  United States 21,641 10 – Mickey Wright

1961 Mickey Wright  United States 22,236 10 – Mickey Wright

1960 Louise Suggs  United States 16,892 6 – Mickey Wright

1959 Betsy Rawls  United States 26,774 10 – Betsy Rawls

1958 Beverly Hanson  United States 12,639 5 – Mickey Wright

1957 Patty Berg  United States 16,272 5 – Betsy Rawls, Patty Berg

1956 Marlene Hagge  United States 20,235 8 – Marlene Hagge

1955 Patty Berg  United States 16,492 6 – Patty Berg

1954 Patty Berg  United States 16,011 5 – Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias

1953 Louise Suggs  United States 19,816 8 – Louise Suggs

1952 Betsy Rawls  United States 14,505 8 – Betsy Rawls

1951 Babe Zaharias  United States 15,087 7 – Babe Zaharias

1950 Babe Zaharias  United States 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[edit] The table below shows the top-10 career money leaders on the LPGA
Tour (from the start of their rookie seasons) as of March 5, 2018.[19]

Rank Player Country Earned Earnings ($) Career events

1 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 1994–2008 22,573,192 303

2 Karrie Webb  Australia 1996–2018 20,179,509 472

3 Cristie Kerr  United States 1997–2018 19,207,849 505

4 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 2003–2010 14,863,331 175

5 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 2003–2017 14,831,968 312

6 Juli Inkster  United States 1983–2017 14,026,673 692

7 Inbee Park  South Korea 2007–2018 13,606,156 232

8 Se Ri Pak  South Korea 1998–2016 12,583,713 365

9 Stacy Lewis  United States 2009–2018 12,468,421 237

10 Paula Creamer  United States 2005–2018 11,915,165 294

Total prize money awarded in past years[edit]

Season Total purse ($)

2010 41,400,000

2000 38,500,000

1990 17,100,000

1980 5,150,000

1970 435,040

1960 186,700

1950 50,000

See also[edit]


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major championship wins Professional Golfers' Association of America Professional golf tours Women's World Golf


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