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Ladies Professional Golf Association
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015 LPGA Tour
Logo introduced in October 2007[1][2]
Sport Golf
Founded 1950
Commissioner Michael Whan
Inaugural season 1950
Country  United States, with events
in other countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America
Most titles Kathy Whitworth (88)
TV partner(s) Golf Channel
Founder 13 original LPGA players [3]
Official website

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is an American organization for female professional 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.


  • Organization and history 1
  • Prize money and tournaments 2
  • International presence 3
  • LPGA Tour tournaments 4
    • LPGA Playoffs 4.1
  • 2015 LPGA Tour 5
  • 2015 money leaders 6
  • Historical tour schedules and results 7
  • Hall of Fame 8
  • LPGA Tour awards 9
  • Leading money winners by year 10
  • Leading career money winners 11
  • Total prize money awarded in past years 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15

Organization and history

Other "LPGA's" 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 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 LPGA Tour for the following year.

In its 63rd season in

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External links

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See also

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

Total prize money awarded in past years

Rank Player Country Earned Earnings ($)
1 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 1994–2008 22,573,192
2 Karrie Webb  Australia 1996–2015 19,586,588
3 Cristie Kerr  United States 1997–2015 16,710,337
4 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 2003–2010 14,863,331
5 Juli Inkster  United States 1983–2015 13,835,826
6 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 2003–2015 13,327,830
7 Se Ri Pak  South Korea 1998–2015 12,563,660
8 Inbee Park  South Korea 2007–2015 12,147,966
9 Paula Creamer  United States 2005–2015 11,397,265
10 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 2008–2015 10,279,222

The table below shows the top 10 career money leaders on the LPGA Tour (from the start of their rookie seasons) as of August 3, 2015.[15]

Leading career money winners

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

Year Player Country Earnings ($) Most wins
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

Leading money winners by year

Year Player of the Year Vare Trophy Rookie of the Year
2014 Stacy Lewis Stacy Lewis Lydia Ko[14]
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
  • 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 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.

The LPGA Tour presents several annual awards. Three are awarded in competitive contests, based on scoring over the course of the year.

LPGA Tour awards

The LPGA established the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf in 1951, with four charter members: World Golf Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame

  • Official tournaments are tournaments in which earnings and scores are credited to the players' official LPGA record.
Year Number of
official tournaments
Countries hosting
Tournaments in
United States
Tournaments in
other countries
Total prize
money ($)
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

Historical tour schedules and results

Change = change from previous rank.
Source and complete list: LPGA official website.

Rank Change Player Country Events Prize
1 Steady Lydia Ko  New Zealand 23 2,758,417
2 Steady Inbee Park  South Korea 23 2,370,096
3 Steady Stacy Lewis  United States 24 1,832,425
4 Increase1 Sei Young Kim  South Korea 25 1,727,436
5 Decrease1 Lexi Thompson  United States 21 1,625,836
6 Steady Amy Yang  South Korea 22 1,395,927
7 Steady So Yeon Ryu  South Korea 23 1,230,303
8 Steady Shanshan Feng  China 20 1,079,711
9 Steady Anna Nordqvist  Sweden 24 962,032
10 Steady Morgan Pressel  United States 26 959,265

Through the conclusion of the Blue Bay LPGA on November 1.

2015 money leaders

2015 LPGA Tour

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.[13]

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.

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.

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.

LPGA Playoffs

The LPGA's annual major championships are:

Five of the tournaments held outside North America are co-sanctioned with other professional tours. The Ladies European Tour co-sanctions the Women's British Open, The Evian Championship in France, and the Women's Australian Open (also co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour). The other two co-sanctioned events—the LPGA Hana Bank Championship (LPGA of Korea Tour) and Mizuno Classic (LPGA of Japan Tour)—are held during the tour's autumn swing to Asia.

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 was played in Ireland. (The new event in China was postponed and ultimately canceled.)

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

LPGA Tour tournaments

Particularly, one of the notable trends seen in the early 21st century in the LPGA is the rise and dominance of Korean golfers.[10] Se Ri Pak's early success in the LPGA sparked the boom in Korean women golfers on the LPGA Tour.[11] 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.[12] Of the 33 events in 2006, a total of 11 were won by Koreans and only seven were won by Americans. (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 (See 2007 LPGA 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 LPGA 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 LPGA Tour for more details on the 2009 season.)

In its first four 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 2009, non-Americans won 31 of 40 major championships.

International presence

In 2010, total official prize money on the LPGA 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 in 2010 stayed the same, as all four lost tournaments had been hosted in the United States. By 2014, the number of tournaments had risen to 33 with a record-high total prize money in excess of $56 million.[9]

Prize money and tournaments

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]

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.

[6] 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.[3].Babe Zaharias, and Louise Suggs, Shirley Spork, Marilynn Smith, Sally Sessions, Betty Jameson, Opal Hill, Helen Hicks, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Helen Dettweiler, Bettye Danoff, Patty Berg, Alice Bauer It was founded in 1950 by a group of 13 golfers: [5][4]

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