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The 2009 LPGA Tour was a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world that took place from February through November 2009. The tournaments were sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

2009 saw a reduction in both the number of tournaments and the total prize money on the Tour. Official prize money was $47.6 million, the lowest total in since 2005. There were 28 official tournaments, the lowest number since at least 2004.

Rookie Jiyai Shin topped the money list, earning $1,807,334. In addition Shin took Rookie of the Year honors. Shin and Lorena Ochoa each won three tournaments during the season. Ochoa also won the Player of the Year trophy for the fourth consecutive year and the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average, also for the fourth consecutive year.

Anna Nordqvist was runner-up in the Rookie of the Year race, topping off a season that began with her having only conditional status on the LPGA Tour. She won the fifth tournament in which she played in 2009, the McDonald's LPGA Championship, a major, and also won the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship, ending the season 15th on the official money list.

The four major championships were won by: Brittany Lincicome (Kraft Nabisco Championship), Anna Nordqvist (LPGA Championship), Eun-Hee Ji (U.S. Women's Open), and Catriona Matthew (Women's British Open). All major winners were first-time major winners. Matthew won her the British Open 10 weeks after giving birth to her second child.

The LPGA experienced a turn-over in leadership in 2009, when commissioner Carolyn Bivens resigned under pressure from players in July. At the time of Bivens' resignation, the tour had only 14 events committed for the 2010 schedule, having failed to sign key long-term tournaments, notably the LPGA Corning Classic.[1] On October 28, the LPGA board of directors announced that marketing executive Michael Whan had been hired as the permanent replacement for Bivens and would assume his duties in January 2010.[2]

Tournament schedule and resultsEdit

The number in parentheses after winners' names show the player's total number wins in official money individual events on the LPGA Tour, including that event.

Dates Tournament Location Winner 1st prize ($)
Jan 24–25 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup*   Brazil   Catriona Matthew (n/a) 100,000
Feb 12–14 SBS Open at Turtle Bay   Hawaii   Angela Stanford (4) 180,000
Feb 26 – Mar 1 Honda LPGA Thailand   Thailand   Lorena Ochoa (25) 217,500
Mar 5–8 HSBC Women's Champions   Singapore   Jiyai Shin (4) 300,000
Mar 20–22 MasterCard Classic   Mexico   Pat Hurst (6) 195,000
Mar 26–29 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International   Arizona   Karrie Webb (36) 225,000
Apr 2–5 Kraft Nabisco Championship   California   Brittany Lincicome (3) 300,000
Apr 23–26 Corona Championship   Mexico   Lorena Ochoa (26) 195,000
May 7–10 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill   Virginia   Cristie Kerr (12) 330,000
May 14–17 Sybase Classic   New Jersey   Ji Young Oh (2) 300,000
May 21–24 LPGA Corning Classic   New York   Yani Tseng (2) 225,000
Jun 4–7 LPGA State Farm Classic   Illinois   In-Kyung Kim (2) 255,000
Jun 11–14 McDonald's LPGA Championship   Maryland   Anna Nordqvist (1) 300,000
Jun 25–28 Wegmans LPGA   New York   Jiyai Shin (5) 300,000
Jul 2–5 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic   Ohio   Eunjung Yi (1) 210,000
Jul 9–12 U.S. Women's Open   Pennsylvania   Eun-Hee Ji (2) 585,000
Jul 23–26 Evian Masters   France   Ai Miyazato (1) 487,500
Jul 30 – Aug 2 Ricoh Women's British Open   England   Catriona Matthew (3) 335,000
Aug 21–23 Solheim Cup   Illinois   United States n/a
Aug 28–30 Safeway Classic   Oregon   M. J. Hur (1) 255,000
Sep 3–6 CN Canadian Women's Open   Alberta, Canada   Suzann Pettersen (6) 412,500
Sep 11–13 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship   Arkansas   Jiyai Shin (6) 270,000
Sep 17–20 Samsung World Championship   California   Na Yeon Choi (1) 250,000
Sep 24–27 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge   California   Sophie Gustafson (5) 165,000
Oct 1–4 Navistar LPGA Classic   Alabama   Lorena Ochoa (27) 195,000
Oct 30 – Nov 1 Hana Bank-KOLON Championship   South Korea   Na Yeon Choi (2) 255,000
Nov 6–8 Mizuno Classic   Japan   Bo Bae Song (1)[N 1] 210,000
Nov 6–10 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge*   Nevada LPGA Team 500,000
Nov 12–15 Lorena Ochoa Invitational   Mexico   Michelle Wie (1) 220,000
Nov 19–23[N 2] LPGA Tour Championship   Texas   Anna Nordqvist (2) 225,000

An asterisk next to a tournament name means that the event is unofficial.
Tournaments in bold are majors.

  1. ^ Song was not an LPGA member in 2009.
  2. ^ Due to inclement weather, the event was shortened to 54 holes, and the final round was delayed a day from its scheduled date of November 22.

LeadersEdit

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events
1 Jiyai Shin   South Korea 1,807,334 25
2 Cristie Kerr   United States 1,519,722 25
3 Ai Miyazato   Japan 1,517,149 22
4 Lorena Ochoa   Mexico 1,489,395 22
5 Suzann Pettersen   Norway 1,369,717 23
6 Na Yeon Choi   South Korea 1,341,078 26
7 Yani Tseng   Taiwan 1,293,755 27
8 In-Kyung Kim   South Korea 1,238,396 25
9 Paula Creamer   United States 1,151,864 24
10 Angela Stanford   United States 1,081,916 21

Full 2009 Official Money List - navigate to "2009"

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Lorena Ochoa   Mexico 70.16
2 Jiyai Shin   South Korea 70.26
3 Cristie Kerr   United States 70.28
4 Ai Miyazato   Japan 70.33
5 Yani Tseng   Taiwan 70.44

Full 2009 Scoring Average List - navigate to "2009", 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. 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adelson, Eric (July 24, 2009). "LPGA working to re-establish footing". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
  2. ^ "LPGA Names Michael Whan as its Commissioner". LPGA.com. October 28, 2009. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)