2004 LPGA Tour
The 2004 LPGA Tour was a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world which took place from March through December 2004. The tournaments were sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). This was the 55th season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season consisted of 32 official money events. Total prize money for all tournaments was $42,875,000.
Annika Sörenstam continued to dominate women's golf in 2004, winning eight tournaments and $2,544,707 in prize money. Four other players earned over $1 million. There were six first-time winners in 2004: Moira Dunn, Christina Kim, Lorena Ochoa, the first Mexican winner, Jennifer Rosales, Kim Saiki, and Karen Stupples.
For details of what happened in the main tournaments of the year see 2004 in golf.
Tournament schedule and results
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.
|Mar 11–14||Welch's/Fry's Championship||Arizona||Karen Stupples (1)||800,000||120,000|
|Mar 18–21||Safeway International||Arizona||Annika Sörenstam (49)||1,200,000||180,000|
|Mar 25–28||Kraft Nabisco Championship||California||Grace Park (5)||1,600,000||240,000|
|Apr 2–4||The Office Depot Championship||California||Annika Sörenstam (50)||1,750,000||262,500|
|Apr 15–17||LPGA Takefuji Classic||Nevada||Cristie Kerr (2)||1,100,000||165,000|
|Apr 29 – May 2||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||Georgia||Jennifer Rosales (1)||1,600,000||240,000|
|May 6–9||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill||Virginia||Se Ri Pak (22)||2,200,000||330,000|
|May 13–16||Franklin American Mortgage Championship||Tennessee||Lorena Ochoa (1)||900,000||135,000|
|May 20–23||Sybase Classic||New York||Sherri Steinhauer (6)||1,250,000||187,500|
|May 27–30||LPGA Corning Classic||New York||Annika Sörenstam (51)||1,000,000||150,000|
|Jun 4–6||Kellogg-Keebler Classic||Illinois||Karrie Webb (30)||1,200,000||180,000|
|Jun 10–13||McDonald's LPGA Championship||Delaware||Annika Sörenstam (52)||1,600,000||240,000|
|Jun 18–20||ShopRite LPGA Classic||New Jersey||Cristie Kerr (3)||1,300,000||195,000|
|Jun 24–27||Wegmans LPGA||New York||Kim Saiki (1)||1,500,000||225,000|
|Jul 1–4||U.S. Women's Open||Massachusetts||Meg Mallon (16)||3,100,000||560,000|
|Jul 8–11||BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open||Ontario, Canada||Meg Mallon (17)||1,300,000||195,000|
|Jul 16–18||Giant Eagle LPGA Classic||Ohio||Moira Dunn (1)||1,000,000||150,000|
|Jul 21–24||Evian Masters||France||Wendy Doolan (3)||2,500,000||375,000|
|Jul 28 – Aug 1||Weetabix Women's British Open||England||Karen Stupples (2)||1,600,000||290,880|
|Aug 5–8||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic||Ohio||Meg Mallon (18)||1,100,000||165,000|
|Aug 19–22||Wendy's Championship for Children||Ohio||Catriona Matthew (2)||1,100,000||165,000|
|Aug 26–29||Wachovia LPGA Classic||Pennsylvania||Lorena Ochoa (2)||1,000,000||150,000|
|Sep 2–5||State Farm Classic||Illinois||Cristie Kerr (4)||1,200,000||180,000|
|Sep 10–12||John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic||Oklahoma||Annika Sörenstam (53)||1,000,000||150,000|
|Sep 17–19||Safeway Classic||Oregon||Hee-Won Han (3)||1,200,000||180,000|
|Sep 23–26||Longs Drugs Challenge||California||Christina Kim (1)||1,000,000||150,000|
|Oct 7–10||Asahi Ryokuken International Championship||South Carolina||Liselotte Neumann (13)||1,000,000||150,000|
|Oct 14–17||Samsung World Championship||California||Annika Sörenstam (54)||825,000||206,250|
|Oct 29–31||CJ Nine Bridges Classic||South Korea||Grace Park (6)||1,350,000||202,500|
|Nov 5–7||Mizuno Classic||Japan||Annika Sörenstam (55)||1,000,000||150,000|
|Nov 11–14||The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions||Alabama||Heather Daly-Donofrio (2)||800,000||130,000|
|Nov 18–21||ADT Championship||Florida||Annika Sörenstam (56)||1,000,000||215,000|
|Dec 18–19||Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge||Nevada||LPGA Tour||n/a|
Tournaments in bold are majors.
Money List leaders
|2||Grace Park||South Korea||1,525,471||25|
|4||Meg Mallon||United States||1,358,623||21|
|5||Cristie Kerr||United States||1,189,990||24|
|7||Mi Hyun Kim||South Korea||931,693||28|
|8||Hee-Won Han||South Korea||840,605||28|
Scoring Average leaders
|2||Grace Park||South Korea||69.99|
|4||Cristie Kerr||United States||70.33|
|5||Mi Hyun Kim||South Korea||70.48|
Full 2004 Scoring Average List - navigate to "2004", then "Scoring Average"
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.