2009 LPGA Tour

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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).

2009 saw a reduction in both the number of tournaments and the total prize money on the Tour. Official prize money was $47.6 million, the lowest total in since 2005. There were 28 official tournaments, the lowest number since at least 2004.

Rookie Jiyai Shin topped the money list, earning $1,807,334. In addition Shin took Rookie of the Year honors. Shin and Lorena Ochoa each won three tournaments during the season. Ochoa also won the Player of the Year trophy for the fourth consecutive year and the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average, also for the fourth consecutive year.

Anna Nordqvist was runner-up in the Rookie of the Year race, topping off a season that began with her having only conditional status on the LPGA Tour. She won the fifth tournament in which she played in 2009, the McDonald's LPGA Championship, a major, and also won the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship, ending the season 15th on the official money list.

The four major championships were won by: Brittany Lincicome (Kraft Nabisco Championship), Anna Nordqvist (LPGA Championship), Eun-Hee Ji (U.S. Women's Open), and Catriona Matthew (Women's British Open). All major winners were first-time major winners. Matthew won her the British Open 10 weeks after giving birth to her second child.

The LPGA experienced a turn-over in leadership in 2009, when commissioner Carolyn Bivens resigned under pressure from players in July. At the time of Bivens' resignation, the tour had only 14 events committed for the 2010 schedule, having failed to sign key long-term tournaments, notably the LPGA Corning Classic.[1] On October 28, 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.[2]

For details of what happened in the main tournaments of the year see 2009 in golf.

Tournament schedule and results[edit]

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*  Brazil Scotland Catriona Matthew (n/a)
Feb 12–14 SBS Open at Turtle Bay United States Hawaii United States Angela Stanford (4)
Feb 26 – Mar 1 Honda LPGA Thailand  Thailand Mexico Lorena Ochoa (25)
Mar 5–8 HSBC Women's Champions  Singapore South Korea Jiyai Shin (4)
Mar 20–22 MasterCard Classic  Mexico United States Pat Hurst (6)
Mar 26–29 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International United States Arizona Australia Karrie Webb (36)
Apr 2–5 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California United States Brittany Lincicome (3)
Apr 23–26 Corona Championship  Mexico Mexico Lorena Ochoa (26)
May 7–10 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill United States Virginia United States Cristie Kerr (12)
May 14–17 Sybase Classic United States New Jersey South Korea Ji Young Oh (2)
May 21–24 LPGA Corning Classic United States New York Taiwan Yani Tseng (2)
Jun 4–7 LPGA State Farm Classic United States Illinois South Korea In-Kyung Kim (2)
Jun 11–14 McDonald's LPGA Championship United States Maryland Sweden Anna Nordqvist (1)
Jun 25–28 Wegmans LPGA United States New York South Korea Jiyai Shin (5)
Jul 2–5 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic United States Ohio South Korea Eunjung Yi (1)
Jul 9–12 U.S. Women's Open United States Pennsylvania South Korea Eun-Hee Ji (2)
Jul 23–26 Evian Masters  France Japan Ai Miyazato (1)
Jul 30 – Aug 2 Ricoh Women's British Open  England Scotland Catriona Matthew (3)
Aug 21–23 Solheim Cup United States Illinois United States United States
Aug 28–30 Safeway Classic United States Oregon South Korea M. J. Hur (1)
Sep 3–6 CN Canadian Women's Open Canada Alberta, Canada Norway Suzann Pettersen (6)
Sep 11–13 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas South Korea Jiyai Shin (6)
Sep 17–20 Samsung World Championship United States California South Korea Na Yeon Choi (1)
Sep 24–27 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge United States California Sweden Sophie Gustafson (5)
Oct 1–4 Navistar LPGA Classic United States Alabama Mexico Lorena Ochoa (27)
Oct 30 – Nov 1 Hana Bank-KOLON Championship  South Korea South Korea Na Yeon Choi (2)
Nov 6–8 Mizuno Classic  Japan South Korea Bo Bae Song (1)[N 1]
Nov 6–10 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge* United States Nevada LPGA Team
Nov 12–15 Lorena Ochoa Invitational  Mexico United States Michelle Wie (1)
Nov 19–23[N 2] LPGA Tour Championship United States Texas Sweden Anna Nordqvist (2)

An asterisk next to a tournament name means that the event is unofficial.
Tournaments in bold are majors.

  1. ^ Song was not an LPGA member in 2009.
  2. ^ Due to inclement weather, the event was shortened to 54 holes, and the final round was delayed a day from its scheduled date of November 22.

Leaders[edit]

Money List leaders

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

Full 2009 Official Money List - navigate to "2009"

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 70.16
2 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 70.26
3 Cristie Kerr  United States 70.28
4 Ai Miyazato  Japan 70.33
5 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 70.44

Full 2009 Scoring Average List - navigate to "2009", then "Scoring Average"

Award winners[edit]

The three competitive awards given out by the LPGA each year are:

  • 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. 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 Louis Suggs Rolex Rooke 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 at all full-field domestic events and doubled at the LPGA's four major championships. 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 increments of three, beginning at sixth place with 62 points. 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adelson, Eric (July 24, 2009). "LPGA working to re-establish footing". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ "LPGA Names Michael Whan as its Commissioner". LPGA.com. October 28, 2009. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2009.