J Golf Phoenix LPGA International

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J Golf Phoenix LPGA International
Tournament information
Location Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Established 1980
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $1.5 million
Month played March
Final year 2009
Tournament record score
Aggregate 261 Annika Sörenstam (2001)
To par −27 Annika Sörenstam (2001)
Final champion
Australia Karrie Webb
Phoenix is located in the US
Phoenix
Phoenix
Location in the United States
Phoenix is located in Arizona
Phoenix
Phoenix
Location in Arizona

The J Golf Phoenix LPGA International, in full the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Presented by Mirassou Winery, was a women's professional golf tournament in Arizona on the LPGA Tour. Founded as the "Sun City Classic" in 1980,[1] it was held annually in the Phoenix area through 2009, making it one of the longest-lasting events on the LPGA Tour.

Tournament Golf Foundation managed the tournament since its start and continues to manage the Safeway Classic tournament on the LPGA Tour. Proceeds from the event were donated to local medical charities; over $12 million was raised during the course of the tournament

The tournament had a variety of sponsors during its history, including Safeway Inc., a California-based supermarket chain.

It was at this tournament that Annika Sörenstam shot 59 in the second round in 2001,[2] which stands as the record for the lowest scoring round ever shot for 18 holes in an LPGA Tour event. With thirteen birdies and no bogeys, she began the round with eight birdies, added four more over the next five holes, but managed only one over the final five.[2] Sörenstam won the event with 261 (–27), two strokes ahead of runner-up Se Ri Pak.[3]

The LPGA Tour returned to the Phoenix area in 2011 with the Founders Cup.

Tournament names[edit]

  • 1980–1981: Sun City Classic
  • 1982: American Express Sun City Classic
  • 1983–1985: Samaritan Turquoise Classic
  • 1986: Standard Register/Samaritan Turquoise Classic
  • 1987–1990: Standard Register Turquoise Classic
  • 1991–2001: Standard Register PING
  • 2002: PING Banner Health
  • 2003 Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait
  • 2004–2008: Safeway International
  • 2009: J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Presented by Mirassou Winery

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Country Score Venue Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2009 Mar 26-29 Karrie Webb (2)  Australia 274 (−14) Papago Golf Course 1,500,000 220,000
2008 Mar 27-30 Lorena Ochoa (2)  Mexico 266 (−22) Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club 1,500,000 220,000
2007 Mar 22-25 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 270 (−18) Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club 1,500,000 220,000
2006 Mar 16-19 Juli Inkster  United States 273 (−15) Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club 1,400,000 210,000
2005 Mar 17-20 Annika Sörenstam (3)  Sweden 277 (−11) Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club 1,400,000 210,000
2004 Mar 18-21 Annika Sörenstam (2)  Sweden 270 (−18) Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club 1,200,000 180,000
2003 Mar 20-23 Se Ri Pak  South Korea 265 (−23) Moon Valley Country Club 1,000,000 150,000
2002 Mar 14-17 Rachel Teske  Australia 281 (−7) Moon Valley Country Club 1,000,000 150,000
2001 Mar 15-18 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 261 (−27) Moon Valley Country Club 1,000,000 150,000
2000 Mar 16-19 Charlotta Sörenstam  Sweden 276 (−12) The Legacy Golf Resort 850,000 127,500
1999 Mar 18-21 Karrie Webb  Australia 274 (−14) Moon Valley Country Club 850,000 127,500
1998 Mar 19-22 Liselotte Neumann  Sweden 279 (−13) Moon Valley Country Club 850,000 127,500
1997 Mar 20-23 Laura Davies (4)  England 277 (−15) Moon Valley Country Club 850,000 127,500
1996 Mar 21-24 Laura Davies (3)  England 284 (−8) Moon Valley Country Club 700,000 105,000
1995 Mar 16-19 Laura Davies (2)  England 280 (−12) Moon Valley Country Club 700,000 105,000
1994 Mar 17-20 Laura Davies  England 277 (−15) Moon Valley Country Club 700,000 105,000
1993 Mar 18-21 Patty Sheehan  United States 275 (−17) Moon Valley Country Club 700,000 105,000
1992 Mar 19-22 Danielle Ammaccapane (2)  United States 279 (−13) Moon Valley Country Club 550,000 82,500
1991 Mar 21-24 Danielle Ammaccapane  United States 283 (−9) Moon Valley Country Club 550,000 82,500
1990 Mar 22-25 Pat Bradley (2)  United States 280 (−12) Moon Valley Country Club 500,000 75,000
1989 Mar 23-26 Allison Finney  United States 282 (−6) Moon Valley Country Club 400,000 60,000
1988 Mar 24-27 Ok-Hee Ku  South Korea 281 (−7) Moon Valley Country Club 350,000 52,500
1987 Mar 26-29 Pat Bradley  United States 286 (−6) Moon Valley Country Club 300,000 45,000
1986 Feb 20-23 Mary Beth Zimmerman  United States 278 (−10) Arizona Biltmore Country Club 250,000 37,500
1985 Feb 28-Mar 3 Betsy King  United States 280 (−8) Arizona Biltmore Country Club 150,000 22,500
1984 Mar 8-11 Christa Johnson  United States 276 (−12) Arizona Biltmore Country Club 150,000 22,500
1983 ^ Mar 3-7 Anne Marie Palli  France 205 (−14) Arizona Biltmore Country Club 150,000 22,500
1982 Mar 4-7 Beth Daniel  United States 278 (−10) Hillcrest Country Club 100,000 15,000
1981 Mar 12-15 Patty Hayes  United States 277 (−15) Hillcrest Country Club 100,000 15,000
1980 Feb 28-Mar 2 Jan Stephenson  Australia 275 (−13) Hillcrest Country Club 100,000 15,000

^ The 1983 edition was shortened to 54 holes due to rain and concluded on Monday.[4]

Multiple winners[edit]

Six players won the event more than once:

Course records[edit]

Year Player Score Round Course
2001 Annika Sörenstam 59 (−13) 2nd Moon Valley Country Club[2]
2008 Angela Stanford 62 (−10) 1st Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club - Prospector Course
2009 Jiyai Shin 66 (−6) 3rd Papago Golf Course

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sun City win ends drought for Stephenson". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. March 3, 1980. p. 5B. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sorenstam shoots 59 for LPGA record". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). wire services. March 17, 2001. p. 3C. 
  3. ^ "Scoreboard: LPGA Tour". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). March 19, 2001. p. 4E. 
  4. ^ "Palli shoots 68, wins by seven". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. March 8, 1983. p. 2C. 

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