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America are co-sanctioned with other professional tours. The Ladies European Tour cosanctions 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: • Kraft Nabisco Championship • McDonald’s U.S. LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola • U.S. Women’s Open • Ricoh Women’s British Open (held in cooperation with Ladies European Tour)

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, Florida, 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 will be nearly $55 million, a decrease of about $5 million from 2008, and 31 total official events, down from 34 in 2008.[1] 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.[2][3] Carolyn Bivens is the current LPGA Commissioner.

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 nonAmericans from 27 countries, 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.[4] 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.)

LPGA Tour tournaments
Most of the LPGA Tour’s events are held in the United States. In 2009, three tournaments are scheduled for Mexico and one each in Singapore, Canada, France, England, China, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan. Four of the tournaments held outside North

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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 Norway’s Suzann Pettersen five. Koreans won only four events, seven fewer than the 11 they won in 2006.

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qualifying for the Stanford Financial Championship based on their performance. Two wild-card selections are also included in the Playoffs. The winner of the Stanford Financial Championship, which features three days of “playoffs” plus the final championship round, earns $1 million.

2009 LPGA Tour
Tour Championship Categories: (Playoff criteria has not yet been announced. Assumes same playoff criteria as in 2008) • : Official LPGA Tour events with a purse of at least $2,000,000. Winners of these events automatically qualify for the Tour Championship. • : Winners do not automatically qualify for the Tour Championship; the points system is used. • These events are not official LPGA Tour events and participation is not part of the playoff system. The number in parentheses after winners’ names show the player’s total number of official money, individual event wins on the LPGA Tour, including that event. Tournaments in bold are majors. * Jiyai Shin had three wins in 2008 before becoming an LPGA member. Because she was not an LPGA member, these wins did not count on the LPGA official money list.

Proposed English proficiency policy
In August 2008, the LPGA Tour announced a new policy to require all players who had been on the tour for two years to show proficiency in English or face suspension. [5] [6] The Tour rescinded the policy two weeks later amidst increasing criticism from fans, the media, and LPGA sponsors.[7][8] Commissioner Bivens will be announcing a revised policy that will not include penalties.[9] The LPGA has not disclosed by what standards English proficiency will be judged or provided information on whether it will provide education, tutoring, or classes for players whose native language is not English.

Other tours organized by the LPGA
Besides the main LPGA Tour, the LPGA operates a second-level developmental tour, the Duramed Futures Tour. 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, the LPGA established the Women’s Senior Golf Tour, now called The Legends Tour, for women professionals aged 45 and older.

2009 money leaders
Top ten official money leaders as of May 17, 2009. 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.

LPGA Playoffs
Since 2006, all official LPGA tournaments have been part of a playoff system, leading up to the Stanford Financial Tour Championship, known through the 2008 season as the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT, held in November. The LPGA schedule is divided into two halves, with 15 players from each half

Historical tour schedules and results
• Official tournaments are tournaments in which earnings and scores are credited to the players’ official LPGA record.

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Dates Jan 24-25 Tournament HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup Location Brazil Hawaii Thailand Singapore Mexico Arizona California Mexico Virginia New Jersey New York Illinois Maryland Playoff Winner Category unofficial standard (4) Feb 26-Mar 1 Mar 5-8 Honda LPGA Thailand HSBC Women’s Champions standard winner standard standard winner standard winner winner standard standard winner

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Catriona Matthew (2) Angela Stanford Lorena Ochoa (25) Jiyai Shin (1)* Pat Hurst (6) Karrie Webb (36) Brittany Lincicome (3) Lorena Ochoa (26) Cristie Kerr (12) Ji Young Oh (2)

Feb 12-14 SBS Open at Turtle Bay

Mar 20-22 MasterCard Classic Mar 26-29 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Apr 2-5 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Apr 23-26 Corona Championship May 7-10 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill

May 14-17 Sybase Classic May 21-24 LPGA Corning Classic Jun 4-7 Jun 11-14 State Farm Classic McDonald’s LPGA Championship Wegmans LPGA Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic U.S. Women’s Open

End of first half of the season Jun 25-28 Jul 2-5 Jul 9-12 Jul 23-26 New York Ohio winner standard winner Pennsylvania Evian Masters France England Illinois Oregon Alberta, Canada Arkansas California California Alabama Hawaii China winner winner unofficial standard winner standard standard standard standard standard standard Jul 30-Aug Ricoh Women’s British Open 2 Aug 21-23 The Solheim Cup Aug 28-30 Safeway Classic Sep 3-6 CN Canadian Women’s Open

Sep 11-13 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Sep 17-20 Samsung World Championship Sep 24-27 Longs Drugs Challenge Oct 1-4 Oct 15-18 Oct 23-25 Navistar LPGA Classic Kapalua LPGA Classic Grand China Air LPGA

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Oct 30-Nov 1 Nov 6-8 Hana Bank-KOLON Championship Mizuno Classic South Korea standard Japan Mexico Texas Nevada Country United States Mexico Norway South Korea South Korea United States Taiwan South Korea United States United States Tournaments in United States 24 23 25 25 27 standard standard n/a unofficial Events 9 8 9 7 8 8 9 8 7 7

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Nov 12-15 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Nov 19-22 Stanford Financial Tour Championship TBD Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge Change ▬ ▬ ▲5 ▼1 ▲1 ▼2 ▼2 ▲32 ▲7 ▼1 Player Cristie Kerr Lorena Ochoa Suzann Pettersen Jiyai Shin In-Kyung Kim Angela Stanford Yani Tseng Ji Young Oh Paula Creamer Brittany Lincicome Countries hosting tournaments 8 8 8 7 6

Prize money ($) 718,905 693,000 528,774 432,834 443,132 437,283 406,890 383,247 381,377 378,129

Number of official tournaments 34 31 33 32 32

Tournaments Total prize in money other countries 10 8 8 7 5 $60,000,000 $54,285,000 $50,275,000 $45,100,000 $42,875,000

2008 Tour 2007 Tour 2006 Tour 2005 Tour 2004 Tour

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

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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 LPGA 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.

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References

Leading money winners by year
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 2008 season. All of the players who earned money in 2008 remain active in 2009, with the exception of all-time money leader Annika Sörenstam. There is a more complete list, updated weekly during the Tour season, on the LPGA’s official site.

Total prize money awarded in past decades
• • • • • • 2000 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 $38,500,000 $17,100,000 $5,150,000 $435,040 $186,700 $50,000

See also
• Golfers with most LPGA Tour wins • Golfers with most LPGA major championship wins • Women’s World Golf Rankings • Professional golf tours • 2009 in golf

[1] LPGA (2008-11-19). "LPGA Tour Schedule Announced". LPGA.com. http://www.lpga.com/ content_1.aspx?pid=18150&mid=4. Retrieved on 2008-12-31. [2] The Golf Channel (2000). "LPGA Tour: History". Thegolfchannel.com. http://www.thegolfchannel.com/ core.aspx?page=17104&dv=3092752&select=2069. Retrieved on 2007-04-08. [3] LPGA (2007). "About the LPGA". lpga.com. http://www.lpga.com/ content_1.aspx?mid=0&pid=52. Retrieved on 2007-04-08. [4] LPGA (PDF). LPGA Information: 2009 International Players. Press release. http://www.lpga.com/content/ 2009InternationalPlayers.pdf. Retrieved on 2009-01-24. NB: Because this list includes some retired players, most notably Swedish great Annika Sörenstam, the actual number of international players is slightly lower. [5] "LPGA to require all players speak English". golf.com. http://www.golf.com/ golf/tours_news/article/ 0,28136,1836145,00.html. Retrieved on 2008-08-26. [6] ""Lieu: More American Requirements for LPGA Players"". AsianWeek. http://www.asianweek.com/2008/08/27/ more-american-requirements-for-lpgaplayers/. Retrieved on 2008-08-29. [7] Sirak, Ron (2008-09-05). "LPGA Tour should have seen the fallout coming from English policy". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/columns/ story?columnist=sirak_ron&id=3571122&lpos=spotl Retrieved on 2008-09-06. [8] " "The Marketing Doctor says: The LPGA Is Making A Big Mistake" Marketing Doctor Blog. August 28, 2008. [9] Associated Press. "LPGA won’t suspend players over English-speaking requirement". http://sports.espn.go.com/ golf/news/story?id=3570957. Retrieved on 2008-09-05.

External links
• Official site

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Year 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 Player of the Year Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Karrie Webb Karrie Webb Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Laura Davies Annika Sörenstam Beth Daniel Betsy King Dottie Mochrie Pat Bradley Beth Daniel Betsy King Nancy Lopez Ayako Okamoto Pat Bradley Nancy Lopez Betsy King Patty Sheehan JoAnne Carner JoAnne Carner Beth Daniel Nancy Lopez Nancy Lopez Judy Rankin Judy Rankin Sandra Palmer JoAnne Carner Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Sandra Haynie Vare Trophy Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa Annika Sörenstam Grace Park Se Ri Pak Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Karrie Webb Karrie Webb Annika Sörenstam Karrie Webb Annika Sörenstam Annika Sörenstam Beth Daniel Betsy King Dottie Mochrie Pat Bradley Beth Daniel Beth Daniel Colleen Walker Betsy King Pat Bradley Nancy Lopez Patty Sheehan JoAnne Carner JoAnne Carner JoAnne Carner Amy Alcott Nancy Lopez Nancy Lopez Judy Rankin Judy Rankin JoAnne Carner JoAnne Carner Judy Rankin Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Amy Alcott Rookie of the Year Yani Tseng Angela Park Seon Hwa Lee Paula Creamer Shi Hyun Ahn Lorena Ochoa Beth Bauer Hee-Won Han Dorothy Delasin Mi Hyun Kim Se Ri Pak Lisa Hackney Karrie Webb Pat Hurst Annika Sörenstam Suzanne Strudwick Helen Alfredsson Brandie Burton Hiromi Kobayashi Pamela Wright Liselotte Neumann Tammie Green Jody Rosenthal Penny Hammel Juli Inkster Stephanie Farwig Patti Rizzo Patty Sheehan Myra Blackwelder Beth Daniel Nancy Lopez Debbie Massey Bonnie Lauer Amy Alcott Jan Stephenson Laura Baugh Jocelyne Bourassa Sally Little JoAnne Carner

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1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 1956 1955 1954 1953 – – – – – – – – – – – – – Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Carol Mann Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Kathy Whitworth Mickey Wright Mickey Wright Mickey Wright Mickey Wright Mickey Wright Betsy Rawls Beverly Hanson Louise Suggs Patty Berg Patty Berg Babe Zaharias Patty Berg – – – – – – – – – Jane Blalock Sandra Post Sharron Moran Jan Ferraris Margie Masters Susie Berning Clifford Ann Creed Mary Mills

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Year Player 2008 Lorena Ochoa 2007 Lorena Ochoa 2006 Lorena Ochoa 2005 Annika Sörenstam 2004 Annika Sörenstam 2003 Annika Sörenstam 2002 Annika Sörenstam 2001 Annika Sörenstam 2000 Karrie Webb 1999 Karrie Webb 1998 Annika Sörenstam 1997 Annika Sörenstam 1996 Karrie Webb 1995 Annika Sörenstam 1994 Laura Davies 1993 Betsy King 1992 Dottie Mochrie 1991 Pat Bradley 1990 Beth Daniel 1989 Betsy King 1988 Sherri Turner 1987 Ayako Okamoto 1986 Pat Bradley 1985 Nancy Lopez 1984 Betsy King Country Mexico Mexico Mexico Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden Australia Australia Sweden Sweden Australia Sweden England United States United States United States United States United States United States Japan United States United States United States Earnings ($) 2,754,660 4,364,994 2,592,872 2,588,240 2,544,707 2,029,506 2,863,904 2,105,868 1,876,853 1,591,959 1,092,748 1,236,789 1,002,000 666,533 687,201 595,992 693,335 763,118 863,578 654,132 350,851 466,034 492,021 416,472 266,771 Most wins 7 - Lorena Ochoa 8 - Lorena Ochoa 6 - Lorena Ochoa 10 - Annika Sörenstam 8 - Annika Sörenstam 6 - Annika Sörenstam 11 - Annika Sörenstam 8 - Annika Sörenstam 7 - Karrie Webb 6 - Karrie Webb 4 - Annika Sörenstam, Se Ri Pak 6 - Annika Sörenstam

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4 - Laura Davies, Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb 3 - Annika Sörenstam 4 - Beth Daniel 3 - Brandie Burton 4 - Dottie Mochrie 4 - Pat Bradley, Meg Mallon 7 - Beth Daniel 6 - Betsy King 3 - 5 players (see 1) 5 - Jane Geddes 5 - Pat Bradley 5 - Nancy Lopez 4 - Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott

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1983 JoAnne Carner 1982 JoAnne Carner 1981 Beth Daniel 1980 Beth Daniel 1979 Nancy Lopez 1978 Nancy Lopez 1977 Judy Rankin 1976 Judy Rankin 1975 Sandra Palmer 1974 JoAnne Carner 1973 Kathy Whitworth 1972 Kathy Whitworth 1971 Kathy Whitworth 1970 Kathy Whitworth 1969 Carol Mann 1968 Kathy Whitworth 1967 Kathy Whitworth 1966 Kathy Whitworth 1965 Kathy Whitworth 1964 Mickey Wright 1963 Mickey Wright 1962 Mickey Wright 1961 Mickey Wright United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States 291,404 310,400 206,998 231,000 197,489 189,814 122,890 150,734 76,374 87,094 82,864 65,063 41,181 30,235 49,152 48,379 32,937 33,517 28,658 29,800 31,269 21,641 22,236 4 - Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan 5 - JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel 5 - Donna Caponi 5 - Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner 8 - Nancy Lopez 9 - Nancy Lopez 5 - Judy Rankin, Debbie Austin 6 - Judy Rankin 4 - Carol Mann, Sandra Haynie 6 - JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie 7 - Kathy Whitworth 5 - Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock 5 - Kathy Whitworth 4 - Shirley Englehorn 8 - Carol Mann 10 - Carol Mann, Kathy Whitworth 8 - Kathy Whitworth 9 - Kathy Whitworth 8 - Kathy Whitworth 11 - Mickey Wright 13 - Mickey Wright 10 - Mickey Wright 10 - Mickey Wright

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1960 Louise Suggs 1959 Betsy Rawls 1958 Beverly Hanson 1957 Patty Berg 1956 Marlene Hagge 1955 Patty Berg 1954 Patty Berg 1953 Louise Suggs 1952 Betsy Rawls 1951 Babe Zaharias 1950 Babe Zaharias United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States 16,892 26,774 12,639 16,272 20,235 16,492 16,011 19,816 14,505 15,087 14,800 6 - Mickey Wright 10 - Betsy Rawls 5 - Mickey Wright 5 - Betsy Rawls, Patty Berg 8 - Marlene Hagge 6 - Patty Berg 5 - Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias 8 - Louise Suggs 6 - Betsy Rawls, Louise Suggs 7 - Babe Zaharias 6 - Babe Zaharias

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Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Player Annika Sörenstam Karrie Webb Lorena Ochoa Juli Inkster Se Ri Pak Meg Mallon Cristie Kerr Beth Daniel Laura Davies Rosie Jones Mi Hyun Kim Betsy King Dottie Pepper Lorie Kane Pat Hurst Jeong Jang Sherri Steinhauer Liselotte Neumann Paula Creamer Pat Bradley

Country Sweden Australia Mexico United States South Korea United States United States United States England United States South Korea United States United States Canada United States South Korea United States Sweden United States United States

Earned 1993-2008 1995-2008 2003-2008 1983-2008 1997-2008 1987-2008 1997-2008 1979-2007 1986-2008 1982-2006 1999-2008 1977-2005 1988-2004 1996-2008 1991-2008 2000-2008 1986-2008 1988-2008 2005-2008 1974-2004

Prize money ($) 22,573,192 14,311,587 13,197,409 12,447,217 10,153,220 9,019,694 8,938,890 8,755,733 8,532,295 8,355,068 8,294,443 7,637,621.50 6,827,284 6,697,214 6,163,586 6,109,187 5,929,838 5,833,099 5,816,733 5,755,951

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