2010 LPGA Tour

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The 2010 LPGA Tour was a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world that began in Thailand on February 13, 2010 and ended in Florida on December 5, 2010. The tournaments were sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

The tour included 24 tournaments, including events in Malaysia, southern California, and two in New Jersey that were new to the schedule in 2010. Of the 24 tournaments on the schedule, 14 were hosted in the United States. The 2010 season was the tour's smallest schedule in nearly 40 years.

Na Yeon Choi, a third-year player from Korea, topped the official money list with earnings of $1,871,166. She had two wins and 15 top-10 finishes in 23 starts and won the Vare Trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average. Yani Tseng from Taiwan captured Player of the Year honors; she won three tournaments in 2010 including two of the four major championships. Spaniard Azahara Muñoz won the Rookie of the Year Award.

The four majors were won by: Yani Tseng (Kraft Nabisco Championship), Cristie Kerr (LPGA Championship), Paula Creamer (U.S. Women's Open), and Yani Tseng (Women's British Open). Tseng's win in the Women's British Open at age 21 made her the youngest player in LPGA history to win three major championships.

Changes in the 2010 season[edit]

The 2010 season was the 60th anniversary of the LPGA Tour. As with most years, changes were made to the schedule from the previous year, which included:

Schedule and results[edit]

The season included 24 official money events, compared with 34 just two years earlier, as the LPGA struggled to cope with the economic downturn. There were three unofficial money events, with 17 off-weeks between the first and last events in 2010.[2]

Dates Tournament Location Winner First prize ($)
Feb 18–21 Honda PTT LPGA Thailand  Thailand Japan Ai Miyazato (2) 195,000
Feb 25–28 HSBC Women's Champions  Singapore Japan Ai Miyazato (3) 195,000
Mar 25–28 Kia Classic Presented by J Golf United States California South Korea Hee Kyung Seo (1)1 255,000
Apr 1–4 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California Taiwan Yani Tseng (3) 300,000
Apr 15–16 The Mojo 6 2  Jamaica Sweden Anna Nordqvist (n/a)2 350,000
Apr 29 – May 2 Tres Marias Championship  Mexico Japan Ai Miyazato (4) 195,000
May 13–16 Bell Micro LPGA Classic United States Alabama South Korea Se Ri Pak (25) 195,000
May 20–23 Sybase Match Play Championship United States New Jersey South Korea Sun-Young Yoo (1) 375,000
May 29–30 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup 2  Brazil United States Meaghan Francella (n/a) 2 105,000
Jun 10–14 LPGA State Farm Classic United States Illinois United States Cristie Kerr (13) 255,000
Jun 18–20 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey Japan Ai Miyazato (5) 225,000
Jun 24–27 LPGA Championship United States New York United States Cristie Kerr (14) 337,500
Jul 1–4 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic United States Ohio South Korea Na Yeon Choi (3) 150,000
Jul 8–11 U.S. Women's Open United States Pennsylvania United States Paula Creamer (9) 585,000
Jul 22–25 Evian Masters  France South Korea Jiyai Shin (7) 487,500
Jul 29 – Aug 1 Women's British Open  England Taiwan Yani Tseng (4) 408,714
Aug 20–22 Safeway Classic United States Oregon Japan Ai Miyazato (6) 225,000
Aug 26–29 CN Canadian Women's Open Canada Manitoba, Canada United States Michelle Wie (2) 337,500
Sep 10–12 P&G NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas Taiwan Yani Tseng (5) 300,000
Oct 7–10 Navistar LPGA Classic United States Alabama Australia Katherine Hull (2) 195,000
Oct 14–17 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge United States California Spain Beatriz Recari (1) 165,000
Oct 22–24 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia  Malaysia South Korea Jimin Kang (2) 270,000
Oct 29–31 LPGA Hana Bank Championship  South Korea South Korea Na Yeon Choi (4) 270,000
Nov 5–7 Mizuno Classic  Japan South Korea Jiyai Shin (8) 180,000
Nov 9 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge2 United States Nevada PGA Tour team
Nov 11–14 Lorena Ochoa Invitational  Mexico South Korea In-Kyung Kim (3) 220,000
Dec 2–5 LPGA Tour Championship United States Florida Sweden Maria Hjorth (4) 225,000

Tournaments in bold are majors.
1 Hee Kyung Seo was not a member of the LPGA at the time of her win in the Kia Classic.
2 Exhibition tournament, unofficial earnings.

Leaders[edit]

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events
1 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 1,871,166 23
2 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 1,783,127 19
3 Cristie Kerr  United States 1,601,552 21
4 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 1,573,529 19
5 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 1,557,175 19
6 Ai Miyazato  Japan 1,457,384 21
7 In-Kyung Kim  South Korea 1,210,068 21
8 Song-Hee Kim  South Korea 1,208,698 22
9 Michelle Wie  United States 888,017 19
10 Paula Creamer  United States 883,870 14

Full 2010 Official Money List- navigate to "2010"

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 69.87
2 Cristie Kerr  United States 69.95
3 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 70.09
4 Song-Hee Kim  South Korea 70.21
5 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 70.25

Full 2010 Scoring Average List - navigate to "2010", then "Scoring Average"

Awards and honors[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 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 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 award is named after Louise Suggs, one of the founders of the LPGA.

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