|Location||Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|Established||1972, 45 years ago|
|Length||6,476 yards (5,922 m)
|Format||Stroke play – 72 holes|
|Prize fund||$1.3 million|
|Month played||June-July (in 2016)|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||199 Annika Sörenstam
(2002) - 54 holes
267 Brooke Henderson
(2015) - 72 holes
|To par||−17 Annika Sörenstam
(2002) - 54 holes
−21 Brooke Henderson
(2015) - 72 holes
The Portland Classic is a women's professional golf tournament in Oregon on the LPGA Tour. Founded 45 years ago in 1972, the annual event in the Portland area is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA Tour. Tournament Golf Foundation has managed the tournament since its beginning and also managed the Safeway International tournament on the LPGA Tour. It became a 72-hole event in 2013, after decades at 54 holes.
Proceeds from the tournament are donated to local children's charities; over $15 million has been donated since 1972. The tournament has had a variety of sponsors during its history.
- 1972: Portland Ladies Classic
- 1973: Portland Ladies Open
- 1974–75: Portland Ladies Classic
- 1976: Portland Classic
- 1977: LPGA National Team Championship
- 1978: Ping Classic Team Championship
- 1979–82: Portland Ping Team Championship
- 1983–85: Portland Ping Championship
- 1986–89: Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship
- 1990: Ping-Cellular One Golf Championship
- 1991–94: Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
- 1995: Ping-AT&T Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship
- 1996–2000: Safeway LPGA Golf Championship
- 2001–02: Safeway Classic
- 2003–08: Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi
- 2009–13: Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola
- 2014: Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions
- 2015: Cambia Portland Classic
- 2016: Cambia Portland Classic Presented by JTBC
The event began as the Portland Ladies Classic in 1972, played at the Portland Golf Club (PGC) in Raleigh Hills for its first two editions. It moved to the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, west of the airport, then returned to PGC in 1975. From 1977 to 1982, the tournament was a team event and its prize money was unofficial. It returned to Columbia Edgewater in 1977, then went to the adjacent Riverside Golf & Country Club in 1980. The three courses rotated as hosts for the tournament until 1990, when Columbia Edgewater became the site for the next 18 editions. In 1978, Ping became a title sponsor. From 1986 to 1995, Cellular One and AT&T Wireless Services also were title sponsors, and in 1996 Safeway took over as the sole title sponsor. The event was moved up on the schedule in 2005, from September to August, and the purse reached $1.7 million in 2007.
In 2009, the tournament moved to the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club near North Plains, and drew a tournament record crowd of 87,800 at the Ghost Creek Course. In 2009 and 2010, the course par was increased to 72 for the tournament, as the ninth hole was modified to a par-5; the result was three consecutive reachable par-5's (8,9, & 10) which slowed the pace of play. In 2011, the eighth hole was lengthened and the ninth was returned to a par-4, resulting in a par-71 course (same as public play). The ninth hole was returned to a par-5 in 2012 for a par-72 layout.
In 2013, the tournament moved back to the Columbia Edgewater in Portland and expanded to 72 holes, with a reduced purse of $1.3 million. Safeway dropped its sponsorship after 2013, and Portland-based Cambia Health Solutions became the presenting sponsor.
In 2015, 17-year-old Brooke Henderson Monday-qualified and won the event by eight shots, the largest victory margin on tour since 2012, and became the tour's third-youngest winner. She was only the second Monday qualifier to win on tour and the first in fifteen years, since Laurel Kean in 2000. Henderson was also the first Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour in fourteen years, since Lorie Kane in 2001, and was granted immediate tour membership.
|2016||Jun 30 – Jul 3||Brooke Henderson (2)||274||−14||4 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,300,000||195,000|
|2015||Aug 13–16||Brooke Henderson||267||−21||8 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,300,000||195,000|
|2014||Aug 28–31||Austin Ernst||274||−14||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,300,000||195,000|
|2013||Aug 29 – Sep 1||Suzann Pettersen (2)||268||−20||2 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,300,000||195,000|
|2012||Aug 17–19||Mika Miyazato||203||−13||2 strokes||Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.)||1,500,000||225,000|
|2011||Aug 19–21||Suzann Pettersen||207||−6||Playoff||Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.)||1,500,000||225,000|
|2010||Aug 20–22||Ai Miyazato||205||−11||2 strokes||Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.)||1,500,000||225,000|
|2009||Aug 28–30||M. J. Hur||203||−13||Playoff||Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.)||1,700,000||255,000|
|2008||Aug 22–24||Cristie Kerr||203||−13||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,700,000||255,000|
|2007||Aug 24–26||Lorena Ochoa||204||−12||5 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,700,000||255,000|
|2006||Aug 18–20||Pat Hurst||206||−10||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C||1,400,000||210,000|
|2005||Aug 19–21||Soo-Yun Kang||201||−15||4 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,400,000||210,000|
|2004||Sep 17–19||Hee-Won Han||207||−9||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,200,000||180,000|
|2003||Sep 26–28||Annika Sörenstam (2)||201||−15||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,200,000||180,000|
|2002||Sep 13–15||Annika Sörenstam||199||−17||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||1,000,000||150,000|
|2001||Tournament canceled because of the September 11 attacks |
|2000||Sep 22–24||Mi Hyun Kim||215||−1||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||800,000||120,000|
|1999||Sep 24–26||Juli Inkster||207||−9||6 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||800,000||120,000|
|1998||Sep 4–6||Danielle Ammaccapane||204||−12||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||600,000||90,000|
|1997||Sep 5–7||Christa Johnson||206||−10||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||550,000||82,500|
|1996||Sep 6–8||Dottie Pepper||202||−14||2 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||550,000||82,500|
|1995||Sep 8–10||Alison Nicholas||207||−9||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||500,000||75,000|
|1994||Sep 9–11||Missie McGeorge||207||−9||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||500,000||75,000|
|1993||Sep 10–12||Donna Andrews||208||−8||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||450,000||67,500|
|1992||Sep 11–13||Nancy Lopez (3)||209||−7||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||450,000||67,500|
|1991||Sep 6–8||Michelle Estill||208||−8||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||400,000||60,000|
|1990||Sep 7–9||Patty Sheehan||208||−8||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||350,000||52,500|
|1989||Sep 8–10||Muffin Spencer-Devlin||214||−2||1 stroke||Riverside G.& C.C.||300,000||45,000|
|1988||Sep 9–11||Betsy King||213||−3||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||250,000||37,500|
|1987||Sep 11–13||Nancy Lopez||210||−6||1 stroke||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||225,000||33,750|
|1986||Sep 5–7||Ayako Okamoto||207||−9||6 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||200,000||30,000|
|1985||Sep 6–8||Nancy Lopez||215||−1||Playoff||Riverside G. & C.C.||175,000||26,250|
|1984||Sep 7–9||Amy Alcott||212||−4||1 stroke||Riverside G. & C.C.||150,000||22,500|
|1983||Sep 9–11||JoAnne Carner||212||−4||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||150,000||22,500|
|Tournament played from 1977 through 1982 as unofficial team event|
|1982||Sep 17–19|| Sandra Haynie &
|196||−20||2 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||120,000||21,600|
|1981||Oct 1–4|| Donna Caponi &
|203||−16||Playoff||Riverside G. & C.C.||120,000||21,000|
|1980||Oct 2–5|| Donna Caponi &
|195||−24||4 strokes||Riverside G. & C.C.||115,000||21,000|
|1979||Sep 14–16|| Nancy Lopez &
Jo Ann Washam
|198||−21||1 stroke||Portland Golf Club||110,000||20,000|
|1978||Sep 22–24|| Donna Caponi &
|203||−16||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||100,000||20,000|
|1977||Sep 16–18|| JoAnne Carner &
|202||−17||Playoff||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||60,000||9,000|
|1976||Sep 17–19||Donna Caponi||217||−2||Playoff||Portland Golf Club||45,000||6,400|
|1975||Sep 19–21||Jo Ann Washam||215||−1||1 stroke||Portland Golf Club||40,000||5,700|
|1974||Sep 27–29||JoAnne Carner||211||−5||2 strokes||Columbia Edgewater C.C.||35,000||5,000|
|1973||Sep 21–23||Kathy Whitworth||144^||−2||2 strokes||Portland Golf Club||30,000||4,500|
|1972||Sep 29 – Oct 1||Kathy Whitworth||212||−7||4 strokes||Portland Golf Club||30,000||3,750|
^ rain-shortened tournament
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
|2002||Annika Sörenstam||62||−10||2nd||Columbia Edgewater Country Club|
|2003||Beth Daniel||62||−10||1st||Columbia Edgewater Country Club|
|2009||Beth Bader||64||−8||1st||Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course|
|2010||Ji Young Oh||64||−8||2nd||Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course|
|2010||Song-Hee Kim||64||−8||2nd||Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course|
|2011||Suzann Pettersen||64||−7||3rd||Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course|
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