The tournament was played in its final playoff form for the first time in November 2006; the champion of the event, Julieta Granada, won $1 million, the highest first-place prize in the history of women's golf. The event took place at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Through the 2008 season, the title sponsor was ADT, a worldwide supplier of electronic security and fire alarm systems, communication systems and integrated building management systems, with headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.
On October 16, 2008 it was announced ADT would not extend its sponsorship. Another entirely new tournament, the LPGA Tour Championship, took ADT's place on the LPGA schedule for two years in 2009 and 2010; it was succeeded by the CME Group Titleholders in 2011
As in the two previous seasons, the 2008 season was split into two halves, with 15 players from each half qualifying for the ADT Championship using a performance-based points system. In addition, two wild card players were chosen at the end of the regular season; a total of 32 players competed in the ADT Championship.
The first half began with the SBS Open at Turtle Bay and ended with the LPGA Championship. The second half began with the Wegmans LPGA and ended with the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, one week before the Playoffs.
LPGA members qualified for the ADT Championship by accumulating ADT Points during each half of the season or by winning an automatic entry by winning one of 13 designated "winner" events—defined as any event with a purse of at least $2 million—throughout the season. The two wild cards were the top two players from the LPGA Official Money List who were not otherwise qualified after the Lorena Ochoa Invitational: Sun Young Yoo and Christina Kim.
The selection process in the 2007 LPGA regular season was the same as in 2008, with the only differences being:
- The first half ended with the Wegmans LPGA.
- The second half began with the US Women's Open and ended at The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions, one week before the Playoffs.
- Only 10 "winner" events were held during the season.
More details on selecting competitors for the 2007 Playoffs can be found at: LPGA.com.
The 2006 LPGA campaign was split into two halves. The first half began with the SBS Open at Turtle Bay and ended with the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. The second half began with the Evian Masters and ended with The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions, one week before the Playoffs. The top 15 points scorers and one wild card from each half qualified for the Playoffs, making for a total of 32 players who will take part in the season-ending event.
Most of the events on 2006 LPGA schedule were "points" events, in which the top twenty finishers were awarded points. In addition, all winners of the LPGA's majors and five limited field events, such as the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, automatically qualified for the Playoffs.
Once the first half ended, and the first 16 players were awarded spots in the Playoffs, the point totals from the first half were wiped out, and the second half began with a fresh scoresheet, meaning points did not carry over from half-to-half.
More details on selecting competitors for the 2006 Playoffs can be found at: LPGA.com.
First half qualifiers
- Lorena Ochoa: won the HSBC Women's Champions (also won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the Ginn Open, and the Sybase Classic)
- Annika Sörenstam: won the Stanford International Pro-Am (also won the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill)
- Seon Hwa Lee: won the Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA
- Yani Tseng: won the McDonald's LPGA Championship
- Paula Creamer: 923,742 points
- Jeong Jang: 664,249 points
- Song-Hee Kim: 509,000 points
- Karrie Webb: 505,867 points
- Suzann Pettersen: 484,664 points
- Na Yeon Choi: 464,709 points
- Maria Hjorth: 422,446 points
- Karen Stupples: 378,342 points
- Jee Young Lee: 375,695 points
- Inbee Park: 368,124 points
- Laura Diaz: 367,228 points
Second half qualifiers
- Eun-Hee Ji: won the Wegmans LPGA
- Helen Alfredsson: won the Evian Masters
- Jiyai Shin: won the Women's British Open
- Katherine Hull: won the Canadian Women's Open
- Cristie Kerr: 848,850 points
- Angela Stanford: 764,706 points
- Angela Park: 667,346 points
- In-Kyung Kim: 625,780 points
- Candie Kung: 582,429 points
- Hee-Won Han: 548,572 points
- Ji Young Oh: 469,308 points
- Shanshan Feng: 452,236 points
- Morgan Pressel: 416,137 points
- Meena Lee: 378,254 points
- Nicole Castrale: 365,501 points
Inbee Park, who won the U.S. Women's Open, qualified via first-half points.
First half qualifiers
- Morgan Pressel: won the Kraft Nabisco Championship
- Brittany Lincicome: won the Ginn Open
- Suzann Pettersen: won the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill (also won the LPGA Championship)
- Nicole Castrale: won the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika
- Lorena Ochoa: 1,524,404 points
- Paula Creamer: 685,729 points
- Mi Hyun Kim: 647,110 points
- Sarah Lee: 580,948 points
- Stacy Prammanasudh: 552,707 points
- Jee Young Lee: 521,842 points
- Karrie Webb: 407,786 points
- Cristie Kerr: 395,180 points
- Angela Park: 375,519 points
- Juli Inkster: 372,980 points
- Angela Stanford: 367,855 points
Second half qualifiers
- Seon Hwa Lee: won the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship
- Natalie Gulbis: won the Evian Masters
- Maria Hjorth: 756,904 points
- Jeong Jang: 748,129 points
- Se Ri Pak: 490,656 points
- Christina Kim: 434,742 points
- Ai Miyazato: 427,108 points
- Laura Davies: 354,785 points
- Inbee Park: 349,906 points
- Laura Diaz: 326,537 points
- Annika Sörenstam: 325,940 points
- Sherri Steinhauer: 302,618 points
- Shi Hyun Ahn: 292,816 points
- Reilley Rankin: 281,929 points
- Sophie Gustafson: 264,607 points
The remaining three "winner" events in the second half were won by golfers who had already qualified via first-half points—the U.S. Women's Open by Cristie Kerr, and the Women's British Open and Canadian Women's Open by Lorena Ochoa.
- Round 1: All 32 players compete in pairs of two.
- Round 2: All 32 players compete, re-paired in pairs of two with those with the highest scores from Round 1 starting earliest and those with the lowest scores starting latest in the day. At the end of the Round 2, the 16 players with the lowest cumulative scores from Rounds 1 and 2 continue to Round 3. The other 16 players are eliminated from the tournament. In the event of a tie a sudden-death playoff takes place.
- Round 3: The remaining 16 players compete in pairs of two. Scores are wiped clean for all players, however starting position is determined by the cumulative score from Rounds 1 and 2, with the players with the highest scores starting earliest in the day and the players with the lowest scores starting latest. The eight players with the lowest scores at the end of Round 3 advance to Round 4. If a tie exists, it is settled with a sudden-death playoff.
- Round 4: The remaining eight players compete in pairs of two. The players participate in a live draw where they pick which time slot they would like to play in with the first pick going to the low score and the final pick going to the high score. The player with the lowest score after Round 4 wins $1 million. As in previous rounds, ties are settled with a sudden-death playoff.
Controversy surrounding $1 million prize
Most players have supported the tournament, though some criticism has been raised. Annika Sörenstam, for example, commented that a player who had a great year, like Sörenstam did in 2005, when she won 10 times, could miss the cut after round three, and not only lose the tournament, but also the title given to the player who tops the LPGA Money List for the year to someone not even in the List's top 10 at the event's start.
Sörenstam, as well as others, have suggested that only half the prize count toward the money list, while the other half be given as a bonus, and not counted on the money list. The LPGA said it would consider this before the 2007 event. No change was made for 2007.
Possible revival of the ADT Championship?
LPGA Playoffs at The ADT
|2008||Nov 20–23||Jiyai Shin||South Korea||69-75-71-70||Trump International Golf Club||1,550,000||1,000,000|
|2007||Nov 15–18||Lorena Ochoa||Mexico||70-70-66-68||Trump International Golf Club||1,550,000||1,000,000|
|2006||Nov 16–19||Julieta Granada||Paraguay||70-69-69-68||Trump International Golf Club||1,550,000||1,000,000|
The total tournament score is not shown because that does not determine the winner. Championship round score is shown in bold.
Tournament names through the years:
- 1996–1997: ITT LPGA Tour Championship
- 1998: PageNet Tour Championship
- 1999: PageNet Championship
- 2000: Arch Wireless Championship
- 2001: Tyco/ADT Championship
- 2002–2005: ADT Championship
|2005||Nov 17–20||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||282 (−6)||Trump International Golf Club||1,000,000||215,000|
|2004||Nov 18–21||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||275 (−13)||Trump International Golf Club||1,000,000||215,000|
|2003||Nov 20–23||Meg Mallon||United States||281 (−7)||Trump International Golf Club||1,000,000||215,000|
|2002||Nov 21–24||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||275 (−13)||Trump International Club||1,000,000||215,000|
|2001||Nov 15–18||Karrie Webb||Australia||279 (−9)||Trump International Club||1,000,000||215,000|
|2000||Nov 16–19||Dottie Pepper||United States||279 (−9)||LPGA International Legends Course||1,000,000||215,000|
|1999||Nov 11–14||Se Ri Pak||South Korea||276 (−12)||Desert Inn Golf Club||1,000,000||215,000|
|1998||Nov 19–22||Laura Davies||England||277 (−11)||Desert Inn Golf Club||1,000,000||215,000|
|1997||Nov 20–23||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||277 (−11)||Desert Inn Golf Club||750,000||160,000|
|1996||Nov 21–24||Karrie Webb||Australia||272 (−16)||Desert Inn Golf Club||700,000||150,000|
|1997||Pat Hurst||64 (−8)||2nd||Desert Inn Golf Club, par 72|
|2006||Il Mi Chung||65 (−7)||3rd||Trump International Golf Club, par 72|
|2006||Mi Hyun Kim||65 (−7)||3rd||Trump International Golf Club, par 72|
|2007||Morgan Pressel||65 (−7)||2nd||Trump International Golf Club, par 72|
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