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Ladies Professional Golf Association
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Sports current event.svg 2019 LPGA Tour
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Logo introduced in October 2007 [1] [2]
Sport Golf
Founded1950
Founder13 original LPGA players [3]
Inaugural season 1950
CommissionerMichael Whan
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States, with events in other countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America
Most titles Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth (88)
TV partner(s) Golf Channel
Official website LPGA.com

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

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot not play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

LPGA International

LPGA International is a golf club located in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, United States, and the main golf facility used by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). The golf facilities are owned by the City of Daytona Beach and operated under agreement with the LPGA. The golf club offers two 18-hole courses, Champions and Legends. In 2013, these were renamed to the Jones and Hills courses, reflecting the architects who designed them.

Daytona Beach, Florida City in Florida, United States

Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It lies about 51 miles (82.1 km) northeast of Orlando, 86 miles (138.4 km) southeast of Jacksonville, and 242 miles (389.5 km) northwest of Miami. In the 2010 U.S. Census, it had a population of 61,005. It is a principal city of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach metropolitan area, which was home to 600,756 people as of 2013. Daytona Beach is also a principal city of the Fun Coast region of Florida.

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Organization and history

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.

PGA Tour golf tour in the United States

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions and the Web.com Tour, as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. The PGA Tour is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

Professional golf tours are the means by which otherwise unconnected professional golf tournaments are organised into a regular schedule. There are separate tours for men and women with each tour being based in a specific geographical region, although some tours may hold tournaments in other parts of the world.

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 professional golf the term qualifying school is used for the annual qualifying tournaments for leading golf tours such as the U.S.-based PGA and LPGA Tours and the European Tour. A fixed number of players in the event win membership of the tour for the following season, otherwise known as a "tour card," meaning that they can play in most of the tour's events without having to qualify. They join the leaders on the previous year's money list/order of merit and certain other exempt players as members of the tour.

The Symetra Tour, previously known as the LPGA Futures Tour and known for sponsorship reasons between 2006 and 2010 as the Duramed FUTURES Tour, is the official developmental golf tour of the LPGA Tour. Tour membership is open to professional women golfers and to qualified amateurs.

In its 70th season in 2019, 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]

The 2019 LPGA Tour is a series of professional golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world. The season begins at the Four Season Golf Club in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on January 17 and ends on November 24 at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida. The tournaments are sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

Alice Bauer was an American golfer. One of the founders of the LPGA, she played professionally and finished as high as 14th on the LPGA Tour money list, in 1956. Bauer had several top-10 finishes in major championships, including fourth place in the 1958 U.S. Women's Open.

Patricia Jane Berg was an American professional golfer and a founding member and then leading player on the LPGA Tour during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Her 15 major title wins remains the all-time record for most major wins by a female golfer. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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.

Barbara Jane Blalock is an American business executive and retired professional golfer. After winning several New England golf tournaments in her youth, Blalock joined the LPGA Tour as a professional in 1969, being named LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1969 and Most Improved Golfer in 1970 and 1971. She won the historically notable Dinah Shore Colgate Winner's Circle in 1972, earning "the richest prize in women's golf history." After successfully fighting a suspension from the LPGA for allegedly signing an incorrect scorecard a month after Dinah Shore, by 1977 she was the sixth-highest paid female golfer of all time. The Evening Independent described her as "one of the foremost women golfers of her time" the following year. Nursing a herniated disc, Blalock failed to win a tournament from 1981 until 1984, though after two wins in 1985 she was named Comeback Player of the Year by Golf Digest.

The Legends Tour, formerly known as the Women's Senior Golf Tour before the 2006 season, is a professional golf tour for women aged 45 and older. It is based in the United States and is the official senior tour of the LPGA Tour. The tour was founded in 2000, and is intended to allow women to prolong their competitive golf careers on the model of the PGA Tour Champions for men.

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]

The 2009 LPGA Tour was a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world that took place from February through November 2009. The tournaments were sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

Carolyn Bivens was the commissioner of the LPGA from 2005 until her resignation on July 13, 2009. She was the seventh person and the first woman to hold the position of commissioner since the LPGA was founded in 1950.

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

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 2016, the number of tournaments had risen to 33 with a record-high total prize money in excess of $63 million.

International presence

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.

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 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 player, 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.)

LPGA Tour tournaments

Kristy McPherson during her practice round before the 2009 LPGA Championship
at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Maryland. 2009 LPGA Championship - Kristy McPherson (4).jpg
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 was played in Ireland. (The new event in China was postponed and ultimately canceled.)

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.

The LPGA's annual major championships are:

LPGA Playoffs

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 LPGA 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]

2019 LPGA Tour

Historical tour schedules and results

YearNumber of
official tournaments
Countries hosting
tournaments
Tournaments in
United States
Tournaments in
other countries
Total prize
money ($)
2018 3313191466,950,000
2017 3415171767,650,000
2016 3314181563,000,000
2015 3114171459,100,000
2014 3214171557,550,000
2013 2814141448,900,000
2012 2712151247,000,000
2011 2311131041,500,000
2010 2410141041,400,000
2009 289181047,600,000
2008 348241060,300,000
2007 31823854,285,000
2006 33825850,275,000
2005 32725745,100,000
2004 32627542,875,000

Hall of Fame

The LPGA established the 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 LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. In 1998 it merged into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

YearPlayer of the YearVare TrophyRookie of the Year
2018 Flag of Thailand.svg Ariya Jutanugarn [17] Flag of Thailand.svg Ariya Jutanugarn Flag of South Korea.svg Ko Jin-young [18]
2017 Flag of South Korea.svg Sung Hyun Park
Flag of South Korea.svg So Yeon Ryu
Flag of the United States.svg Lexi Thompson Flag of South Korea.svg Sung Hyun Park [19]
2016 Flag of Thailand.svg Ariya Jutanugarn Flag of South Korea.svg In Gee Chun Flag of South Korea.svg In Gee Chun
2015 Flag of New Zealand.svg Lydia Ko Flag of South Korea.svg Inbee Park Flag of South Korea.svg Sei Young Kim
2014 Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Lewis Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Lewis Flag of New Zealand.svg Lydia Ko [20]
2013 Flag of South Korea.svg Inbee Park Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Lewis Flag of Thailand.svg Moriya Jutanugarn
2012 Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Lewis Flag of South Korea.svg Inbee Park Flag of South Korea.svg So Yeon Ryu
2011 Flag of the Republic of China.svg Yani Tseng Flag of the Republic of China.svg Yani Tseng Flag of South Korea.svg Hee Kyung Seo
2010 Flag of the Republic of China.svg Yani Tseng Flag of South Korea.svg Na Yeon Choi Flag of Spain.svg Azahara Muñoz
2009 Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of South Korea.svg Jiyai Shin
2008 Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of the Republic of China.svg Yani Tseng
2007 Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of Brazil.svg Angela Park
2006 Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa Flag of South Korea.svg Seon Hwa Lee
2005 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of the United States.svg Paula Creamer
2004 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of South Korea.svg Grace Park Flag of South Korea.svg Shi Hyun Ahn
2003 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of South Korea.svg Se Ri Pak Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa
2002 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of the United States.svg Beth Bauer
2001 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of South Korea.svg Hee-Won Han
2000 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb Flag of the United States.svg Dorothy Delasin
1999 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb Flag of South Korea.svg Mi Hyun Kim
1998 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of South Korea.svg Se Ri Pak
1997 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb Flag of England.svg Lisa Hackney
1996 Flag of England.svg Laura Davies Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb
1995 Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Flag of the United States.svg Pat Hurst
1994 Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam
1993 Flag of the United States.svg Betsy King Flag of the United States.svg Betsy King Flag of England.svg Suzanne Strudwick
1992 Flag of the United States.svg Dottie Mochrie Flag of the United States.svg Dottie Mochrie Flag of Sweden.svg Helen Alfredsson
1991 Flag of the United States.svg Pat Bradley Flag of the United States.svg Pat Bradley Flag of the United States.svg Brandie Burton
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel Flag of Japan.svg Hiromi Kobayashi
1989 Flag of the United States.svg Betsy King Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel Flag of Scotland.svg Pamela Wright
1988 Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg Colleen Walker Flag of Sweden.svg Liselotte Neumann
1987 Flag of Japan.svg Ayako Okamoto Flag of the United States.svg Betsy King Flag of the United States.svg Tammie Green
1986 Flag of the United States.svg Pat Bradley Flag of the United States.svg Pat Bradley Flag of the United States.svg Jody Rosenthal
1985 Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg Penny Hammel
1984 Flag of the United States.svg Betsy King Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan Flag of the United States.svg Juli Inkster
1983 Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg Stephanie Farwig
1982 Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg Patti Rizzo
1981 Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan
1980 Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel Flag of the United States.svg Amy Alcott Flag of the United States.svg Myra Blackwelder
1979 Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel
1978 Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez
1977 Flag of the United States.svg Judy Rankin Flag of the United States.svg Judy Rankin Flag of the United States.svg Debbie Massey
1976 Flag of the United States.svg Judy Rankin Flag of the United States.svg Judy Rankin Flag of the United States.svg Bonnie Lauer
1975 Flag of the United States.svg Sandra Palmer Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg Amy Alcott
1974 Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jan Stephenson
1973 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Judy Rankin Flag of the United States.svg Laura Baugh
1972 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jocelyne Bourassa
1971 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Sally Little
1970 Flag of the United States.svg Sandra Haynie Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner
1969 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Jane Blalock
1968 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Carol Mann Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sandra Post
1967 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Sharron Moran
1966 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg Jan Ferraris
1965 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth Flag of Australia (converted).svg Margie Masters
1964 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg Susie Maxwell
1963 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg Clifford Ann Creed
1962 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg Mary Mills
1961 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright
1960 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright
1959 Flag of the United States (1959-1960).svg Betsy Rawls
1958 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Beverly Hanson
1957 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Louise Suggs
1956 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg
1955 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg
1954 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Zaharias
1953 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg

Leading money winners by year

YearPlayerCountryEarnings ($)Most wins
2018 Ariya Jutanugarn Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 2,743,9493 – Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park
2017 Sung Hyun Park Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2,335,8833 – Shanshan Feng, In-Kyung Kim
2016Ariya JutanugarnFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 2,550,9285 – Ariya Jutanugarn
2015 Lydia Ko Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2,800,8025 – Lydia Ko, Inbee Park
2014 Stacy Lewis Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2,539,0393 – Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park
2013 Inbee Park Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2,456,6196 – Inbee Park
2012Inbee ParkFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2,287,0804 – Stacy Lewis
2011 Yani Tseng Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan 2,921,7137 – Yani Tseng
2010 Na Yeon Choi Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1,871,1665 – Ai Miyazato
2009 Jiyai Shin Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1,807,3343 – Jiyai Shin, Lorena Ochoa
2008 Lorena Ochoa Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2,754,6607 – Lorena Ochoa
2007Lorena OchoaFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 4,364,9948 – Lorena Ochoa
2006Lorena OchoaFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2,592,8726 – Lorena Ochoa
2005 Annika Sörenstam Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2,588,24010 – Annika Sörenstam
2004Annika SörenstamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2,544,7078 – Annika Sörenstam
2003Annika SörenstamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2,029,5066 – Annika Sörenstam
2002Annika SörenstamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2,863,90411 – Annika Sörenstam
2001Annika SörenstamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2,105,8688 – Annika Sörenstam
2000 Karrie Webb Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1,876,8537 – Karrie Webb
1999Karrie WebbFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1,591,9596 – Karrie Webb
1998Annika SörenstamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1,092,7484 – Annika Sörenstam, Se Ri Pak
1997Annika SörenstamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1,236,7896 – Annika Sörenstam
1996Karrie WebbFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1,002,0004 – Laura Davies, Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb
1995Annika SörenstamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 666,5333 – Annika Sörenstam
1994 Laura Davies Flag of England.svg  England 687,2014 – Beth Daniel
1993 Betsy King Flag of the United States.svg  United States 595,9923 – Brandie Burton
1992 Dottie Mochrie Flag of the United States.svg  United States 693,3354 – Dottie Mochrie
1991 Pat Bradley Flag of the United States.svg  United States 763,1184 – Pat Bradley, Meg Mallon
1990 Beth Daniel Flag of the United States.svg  United States 863,5787 – Beth Daniel
1989Betsy KingFlag of the United States.svg  United States 654,1326 – Betsy King
1988 Sherri Turner Flag of the United States.svg  United States 350,8513 – 5 players (see 1)
1987 Ayako Okamoto Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 466,0345 – Jane Geddes
1986Pat BradleyFlag of the United States.svg  United States 492,0215 – Pat Bradley
1985 Nancy Lopez Flag of the United States.svg  United States 416,4725 – Nancy Lopez
1984Betsy KingFlag of the United States.svg  United States 266,7714 – Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott
1983 JoAnne Carner Flag of the United States.svg  United States 291,4044 – Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan
1982JoAnne CarnerFlag of the United States.svg  United States 310,4005 – JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel
1981Beth DanielFlag of the United States.svg  United States 206,9985 – Donna Caponi
1980Beth DanielFlag of the United States.svg  United States 231,0005 – Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner
1979Nancy LopezFlag of the United States.svg  United States 197,4898 – Nancy Lopez
1978Nancy LopezFlag of the United States.svg  United States 189,8149 – Nancy Lopez
1977 Judy Rankin Flag of the United States.svg  United States 122,8905 – Judy Rankin, Debbie Austin
1976Judy RankinFlag of the United States.svg  United States 150,7346 – Judy Rankin
1975 Sandra Palmer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 76,3744 – Carol Mann, Sandra Haynie
1974JoAnne CarnerFlag of the United States.svg  United States 87,0946 – JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie
1973 Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg  United States 82,8647 – Kathy Whitworth
1972Kathy WhitworthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 65,0635 – Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock
1971Kathy WhitworthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 41,1815 – Kathy Whitworth
1970Kathy WhitworthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 30,2354 – Shirley Englehorn
1969 Carol Mann Flag of the United States.svg  United States 49,1528 – Carol Mann
1968Kathy WhitworthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 48,37910 – Carol Mann, Kathy Whitworth
1967Kathy WhitworthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 32,9378 – Kathy Whitworth
1966Kathy WhitworthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 33,5179 – Kathy Whitworth
1965Kathy WhitworthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 28,6588 – Kathy Whitworth
1964 Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg  United States 29,80011 – Mickey Wright
1963Mickey WrightFlag of the United States.svg  United States 31,26913 – Mickey Wright
1962Mickey WrightFlag of the United States.svg  United States 21,64110 – Mickey Wright
1961Mickey WrightFlag of the United States.svg  United States 22,23610 – Mickey Wright
1960 Louise Suggs Flag of the United States.svg  United States 16,8926 – Mickey Wright
1959 Betsy Rawls Flag of the United States.svg  United States 26,77410 – Betsy Rawls
1958 Beverly Hanson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 12,6395 – Mickey Wright
1957 Patty Berg Flag of the United States.svg  United States 16,2725 – Betsy Rawls, Patty Berg
1956 Marlene Hagge Flag of the United States.svg  United States 20,2358 – Marlene Hagge
1955Patty BergFlag of the United States.svg  United States 16,4926 – Patty Berg
1954Patty BergFlag of the United States.svg  United States 16,0115 – Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias
1953Louise SuggsFlag of the United States.svg  United States 19,8168 – Louise Suggs
1952Betsy RawlsFlag of the United States.svg  United States 14,5058 – Betsy Rawls
1951 Babe Zaharias Flag of the United States.svg  United States 15,0877 – Babe Zaharias
1950Babe ZahariasFlag of the United States.svg  United States 14,8006 – 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-10 career money leaders on the LPGA Tour (from the start of their rookie seasons) as of March 5, 2018. [21]

    RankPlayerCountryEarnedEarnings ($)Career
    events
    1 Annika Sörenstam Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1994–200822,573,192303
    2 Karrie Webb Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1996–201820,179,509472
    3 Cristie Kerr Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1997–201819,207,849505
    4 Lorena Ochoa Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2003–201014,863,331175
    5 Suzann Pettersen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2003–201714,831,968312
    6 Juli Inkster Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1983–201714,026,673692
    7 Inbee Park Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2007–201813,606,156232
    8 Se Ri Pak Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1998–201612,583,713365
    9 Stacy Lewis Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2009–201812,468,421237
    10 Paula Creamer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005–201811,915,165294

    Total prize money awarded in past years

    SeasonTotal
    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

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