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The 2006 LPGA Tour was a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world, which took place from February through December 2006. The tournaments were sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). In 2006, prize money on the LPGA Tour exceeded US$50 million for the first time in the history of the LPGA Tour.

Lorena Ochoa became the first Mexican to top the money list on the LPGA Tour, or any major international golf tour, while Annika Sörenstam held her position as the top ranked player through the whole season. Multi-time major champions Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak had comeback seasons after fallow periods, each claiming a major championship.

2006 saw a growth in the international presence on the Tour. Of the 33 events, only seven were won by Americans, with Cristie Kerr the only American to win more than once (three times). By contrast, Mexican Lorena Ochoa won six events, Australian Karrie Webb five, Swede Annika Sörenstam three, and nine different South Koreans combined to win 11 events. The season-ending LPGA Playoffs at The ADT was won by Paraguayan Julieta Granada. The other seven finalists in that event featured only two Americans (Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis); the others were Ochoa, Webb, Koreans Il Mi Chung and Mi Hyun Kim, and Japanese Ai Miyazato.

For details of what happened in the main tournaments of the year see 2006 in golf.

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Tournament schedule and resultsEdit

  • The winner of Major events automatically qualified for the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT. ADT Playoffs points were doubled at Major events.
  • The top-20 finishers in Points events earned double ADT Playoffs points.
  • The champion of Winner events automatically qualified for LPGA Playoffs at The ADT. Other top-20 finishers earned single ADT Playoffs points.
  • The Global Group (pre-determined international events) events were combined to count as one Winner event qualifier, with the player earning the most combined points in these events earning automatic entry to LPGA Playoffs at The ADT. No additional points were awarded.
  • Unofficial money Events did not count toward entry into the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT.
  • The first half of the season concluded with the final full-field domestic event (Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic) prior to the Tour traveling to Europe.
  • The second half concluded with final event (The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions) prior to the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT.

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.

Dates Tournament Location ADT Playoff
category
Winner Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Jan 20–22 Women's World Cup of Golf   South Africa unofficial   Sweden
(Annika Sörenstam & Liselotte Neumann)
Feb 16–18 SBS Open at Turtle Bay   Hawaii points   Joo Mi Kim (1) 1,000,000 150,000
Feb 23–25 Fields Open in Hawaii   Hawaii points   Meena Lee (2) 1,100,000 165,000
Mar 10–12 MasterCard Classic   Mexico points   Annika Sörenstam (67) 1,200,000 180,000
Mar 16–19 Safeway International   Arizona points   Juli Inkster (31) 1,400,000 210,000
Mar 30 – Apr 2 Kraft Nabisco Championship   California major   Karrie Webb (31) 1,800,000 270,000
Apr 13–15 LPGA Takefuji Classic   Nevada points   Lorena Ochoa (4) 1,100,000 165,000
Apr 20–23 Florida's Natural Charity Championship   Georgia points   Sung Ah Yim (1) 1,400,000 210,000
Apr 27–30 Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open   Florida points   Mi Hyun Kim (6) 2,500,000 375,000
May 4–7 Franklin American Mortgage Championship   Tennessee points   Cristie Kerr (7) 1,100,000 165,000
May 11–14 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill   Virginia winner   Karrie Webb (32) 2,200,000 330,000
May 18–21 Sybase Classic *   New York points   Lorena Ochoa (5) 1,300,000 195,000
May 25–28 LPGA Corning Classic   New York points   Hee-Won Han (5) 1,200,000 180,000
Jun 2–4 ShopRite LPGA Classic   New Jersey points   Seon Hwa Lee (1) 1,500,000 225,000
Jun 8–11 McDonald's LPGA Championship   Maryland major   Se Ri Pak (23) 1,800,000 270,000
Jun 22–25 Wegmans LPGA   New York points   Jeong Jang (2) 1,800,000 270,000
Jun 29 – Jul 2 U.S. Women's Open   Rhode Island major   Annika Sörenstam (68) 3,100,000 560,000
Jul 6–9 HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship   New Jersey winner   Brittany Lincicome (1) 2,000,000 500,000
Jul 13–16 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic   Ohio points   Mi Hyun Kim (7) 1,200,000 180,000
Start of second half of season
Jul 26–29 Evian Masters   France winner   Karrie Webb (33) 3,000,000 450,000
Aug 3–6 Weetabix Women's British Open   England major   Sherri Steinhauer (7) 1,800,000 305,440
Aug 10–13 CN Canadian Women's Open   Ontario, Canada points   Cristie Kerr (8) 1,700,000 255,000
Aug 18–20 Safeway Classic   Oregon points   Pat Hurst (5) 1,400,000 210,000
Aug 24–27 Wendy's Championship for Children   Ohio points   Lorena Ochoa (6) 1,100,000 165,000
Aug 31 – Sep 3 State Farm Classic   Illinois points   Annika Sörenstam (69) 1,300,000 195,000
Sep 8–10 John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic   Oklahoma points   Cristie Kerr (9) 1,000,000 150,000
Sep 21–24 Longs Drugs Challenge   California points   Karrie Webb (34) 1,100,000 165,000
Oct 5–8 Corona Morelia Championship   Mexico points   Lorena Ochoa (7) 1,000,000 150,000
Oct 12–15 Samsung World Championship   California winner   Lorena Ochoa (8) 875,000 218,750
Oct 19–22 Honda LPGA Thailand   Thailand global group   Hee-Won Han (6) 1,300,000 195,000
Oct 27–29 KOLON-Hana Bank Championship   South Korea global group   Jin Joo Hong (1) 1,350,000 202,500
Nov 3–5 Mizuno Classic   Japan global group   Karrie Webb (35) 1,200,000 180,000
Nov 9–12 The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions   Alabama winner   Lorena Ochoa (9) 1,000,000 150,000
Nov 16–19 ADT Championship   Florida n/a   Julieta Granada (1) 1,550,000 1,000,000
Dec 15–17 Lexus Cup   Singapore unofficial Team Asia n/a
Dec 23–24 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge   Nevada unofficial PGA Tour n/a

Tournaments in bold are majors.
* tournament shortened to 54 holes because of rain.

LeadersEdit

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events
1 Lorena Ochoa   Mexico 2,592,872 25
2 Karrie Webb   Australia 2,090,113 21
3 Annika Sörenstam   Sweden 1,971,741 20
4 Julieta Granada   Paraguay 1,633,586 31
5 Cristie Kerr   United States 1,578,362 26
6 Mi Hyun Kim   South Korea 1,332,274 30
7 Juli Inkster   United States 1,326,442 21
8 Jang Jeong   South Korea 1,151,070 27
9 Hee-Won Han   South Korea 1,147,651 28
10 Pat Hurst   United States 1,128,662 19

Full 2006 Official Money List

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Lorena Ochoa   Mexico 69.24
2 Annika Sörenstam   Sweden 69.82
3 Cristie Kerr   United States 70.07
4 Karrie Webb   Australia 70.11
5 Juli Inkster   United States 70.48

Full 2006 Scoring Average List - navigate to "2006", then "Scoring Average"

Award winnersEdit

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 and at the season-ending ADT Championship. 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.

See alsoEdit