2011 LPGA Tour

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The 2011 LPGA Tour was a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world that began in Thailand on February 17, 2011 and had its last official event end on November 20, 2011 in Florida. The tournaments were sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

Season overview[edit]

There were 23 official tournaments on the 2011 LPGA, the lowest number in nearly 40 years. More events were held outside of the United States, with eleven different countries hosting tournaments, the highest number in the history of the LPGA Tour. Thirteen tournaments were held in the United States, the lowest number in several decades.

Yani Tseng from Taiwan, was the dominant player on the 2011 Tour. She won seven of the 22 tournaments in which she played and had fourteen top-10 finishes. Her wins in the Women's British Open and the LPGA Championship made her the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five career major tournaments. She won the LPGA money list title with $2,921,713 in official earnings; American Cristie Kerr finished second with $1,470,979.

Tseng also won the Player of the Year award and the Vare Trophy given to the player with the lowest scoring average for the season. Korean Hee Kyung Seo won the Rookie of the Year award.

Changes in the 2011 season[edit]

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.
  • The "Titleholders qualifiers" column indicates the three golfers at each official event who qualify for the season-ending tournament, the CME Group Titleholders.
Dates Tournament Location Winner First prize
($)
Titleholders
qualifiers
Feb 17–20 Honda LPGA Thailand  Thailand Taiwan Yani Tseng (6) 225,000 Taiwan Yani Tseng
United States Michelle Wie
Australia Karrie Webb
Feb 24–27 HSBC Women's Champions  Singapore Australia Karrie Webb (37) 210,000 South Korea Sun Young Yoo
United States Morgan Pressel
South Korea Na Yeon Choi
Mar 18–20 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup United States Arizona Australia Karrie Webb (38) 200,000
donation
United States Brittany Lincicome
United States Paula Creamer
United States Cristie Kerr
Mar 24–27 Kia Classic United States California Germany Sandra Gal (1) 255,000 Germany Sandra Gal
South Korea Jiyai Shin
South Korea I.K. Kim
Mar 31 – Apr 3 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California United States Stacy Lewis (1) 300,000 United States Stacy Lewis
United States Katie Futcher
United States Angela Stanford
Apr 21–24 Tres Marias Championship  Mexico Tournament canceled [5]
Apr 28 – May 1 Avnet LPGA Classic United States Alabama Sweden Maria Hjorth (5) 195,000 Sweden Maria Hjorth
South Korea Song-Hee Kim
Norway Suzann Pettersen
May 19–22 Sybase Match Play Championship United States New Jersey Norway Suzann Pettersen (7) 375,000 Sweden Sophie Gustafson
Japan Ai Miyazato
Paraguay Julieta Granada
May 28–29 HSBC Brazil Cup[n 1]  Brazil Colombia Mariajo Uribe (n/a) 108,000 n/a
Jun 3–5 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey United States Brittany Lincicome (4) 225,000 Scotland Catriona Matthew
Sweden Anna Nordqvist
United States Brittany Lang
Jun 9–12 LPGA State Farm Classic United States Illinois Taiwan Yani Tseng (7) 255,000 South Korea Se Ri Pak
United States Mindy Kim
United States Wendy Ward
Jun 23–26 Wegmans LPGA Championship United States New York Taiwan Yani Tseng (8) 375,000 South Korea Meena Lee
Japan Mika Miyazato
Spain Azahara Muñoz
Jul 7–11 U.S. Women's Open United States Colorado South Korea So Yeon Ryu (1)1 585,000 South Korea So Yeon Ryu
South Korea Hee Kyung Seo
South Korea Inbee Park
Jul 21–24 Evian Masters  France Japan Ai Miyazato (7) 487,500 Sweden Caroline Hedwall
South Korea Amy Yang
United States Paige Mackenzie
Jul 28–31 Ricoh Women's British Open  Scotland Taiwan Yani Tseng (9) 392,133 United States Candie Kung
Netherlands Dewi Claire Schreefel
England Karen Stupples
Aug 19–21 Safeway Classic United States Oregon Norway Suzann Pettersen (8) 225,000 South Korea Hee Young Park
United States Vicky Hurst
United States Ryann O'Toole
Aug 25–28 CN Canadian Women's Open Canada Quebec, Canada United States Brittany Lincicome (5) 337,500 South Korea Hee-Won Han
South Korea Jenny Shin
United States Jennifer Johnson
Sep 9–11 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas Taiwan Yani Tseng (10) 300,000 Taiwan Amy Hung
Spain Belén Mozo
South Korea Mi-Hyun Kim
Sep 15–18 Navistar LPGA Classic United States Alabama United States Lexi Thompson (1) 195,000 United States Lexi Thompson
United States Tiffany Joh
Italy Giulia Sergas
Sep 23–25 Solheim Cup  Ireland European Union Europe n/a
Oct 6–9 LPGA Hana Bank Championship  South Korea Taiwan Yani Tseng (11) 270,000 South Korea Jimin Kang
South Korea Chella Choi
China Shanshan Feng
Oct 14–16 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia  Malaysia South Korea Na Yeon Choi (5) 285,000 Netherlands Christel Boeljon
United States Amanda Blumenherst
United States Mina Harigae
Oct 20–23 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship  Taiwan Taiwan Yani Tseng (12) 300,000 United States Pat Hurst
United States Alison Walshe
South Korea Grace Park
Nov 4–6 Mizuno Classic  Japan Japan Momoko Ueda (2) 180,000 Japan Momoko Ueda
United States Christina Kim
Thailand Pornanong Phatlum
Nov 8 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge United States Nevada Champions Tour n/a
Nov 10–13 Lorena Ochoa Invitational  Mexico Scotland Catriona Matthew (4) 200,000 United States Juli Inkster
United States Natalie Gulbis
Spain Beatriz Recari
Nov 17–20 CME Group Titleholders United States Florida South Korea Hee Young Park (1) 500,000 n/a

Tournaments in bold are majors.
1Ryu was not an LPGA member at the time of her win and her win was not counted as an official LPGA win.

  1. ^ Prize money is not official.

Season leaders[edit]

Money list leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events
played
1 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 2,921,713 22
2 Cristie Kerr  United States 1,470,979 22
3 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 1,357,382 21
4 Stacy Lewis  United States 1,356,211 23
5 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 1,322,770 20
6 Brittany Lincicome  United States 1,154,234 21
7 Angela Stanford  United States 1,017,196 21
8 Ai Miyazato  Japan 1,007,633 19
9 Paula Creamer  United States 926,338 21
10 Amy Yang  South Korea 912,160 22

Full 2011 Official Money List - navigate to "Official Money List"

Scoring average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 69.66
2 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 70.53
3 Cristie Kerr  United States 70.71
4 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 70.81
5 Paula Creamer  United States 70.84

Full 2011 Scoring Average List - navigate to "Scoring Average"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Golfweek - LPGA confirms it: No China event - 2011-09-13 - accessed 2011-10-23
  2. ^ "LPGA doubles projected charity donations for Founders Cup". NBC Sports. February 12, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (January 6, 2011). "LPGA will have 25 tournaments". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ Golfweek - Tres Marias canceled due drug violence - 2011-01-31 - accessed 2011-10-23
  5. ^ Tres Marias Championship postponed

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