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Women's major golf championships

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Women's golf has a set of major championships which parallels that in men's golf, with the women's system newer and less stable than the men's As of 2013, five tournaments are designated as majors in women's golf by the LPGA Tour


  • 1 LPGA majors
    • 11 Current position
    • 12 History
  • 2 LPGA major winners
    • 21 The "Grand Slam"
  • 3 Consecutive victories at a major championship
  • 4 Multiple major victories in a calendar year
    • 41 Three victories
    • 42 Two victories
      • 421 ANA Inspiration and LPGA Championship
      • 422 ANA Inspiration and US Women's Open
      • 423 ANA Inspiration and Women's British Open
      • 424 LPGA Championship and US Women's Open
      • 425 LPGA Championship and Women's British Open
      • 426 US Women's Open and Women's British Open
      • 427 ANA Inspiration and du Maurier Classic
      • 428 LPGA Championship and du Maurier Classic
      • 429 US Women's Open and du Maurier Classic
      • 4210 Women's Western Open and LPGA Championship
      • 4211 Women's Western Open and US Women's Open
      • 4212 Women's Western Open and Titleholders Championship
      • 4213 LPGA Championship and Titleholders Championship
      • 4214 US Women's Open and Titleholders Championship
  • 5 Record scores
  • 6 Other regular tours
  • 7 Symetra Tour
  • 8 Women's senior golf
  • 9 See also
  • 10 Notes and references

LPGA majorsedit

Current positionedit

The LPGA's list of majors has changed several times over the years The two most recent changes were:

  • In 2001, the du Maurier Classic, held in Canada, lost its primary sponsorship after that country passed severe restrictions on tobacco advertising The tournament, now known as the Canadian Women's Open, is still a regular event on the LPGA Tour, but no longer designated as a major The LPGA elevated the Women's British Open to major status to replace the du Maurier Classic
  • In 2013, The Evian Championship, held in France, became the fifth LPGA major Known before 2013 as the Evian Masters, it is one of two events recognized as majors by the LPGA's European counterpart, the Ladies European Tour LET The elevation of this event to LPGA major status and the name change were announced by the LPGA on July 20, 20111

As of 2015, the order in which women's majors are played:

  • ANA Inspiration
  • Women's PGA Championship
  • US Women's Open
  • Women's British Open
  • The Evian Championship

Before The Evian Championship became the fifth LPGA major, the setup of women's majors closely paralleled that of the mainstream ie, under-50 men's majors In both cases, the United States hosts three majors and the United Kingdom one The Evian Championship, as noted above, is held in France The US and British Opens, and the PGA Championship match their male equivalents The ANA Inspiration previously the Kraft Nabisco Championship is the closest equivalent of The Masters The two tournaments share several characteristics Both are the first majors of their respective seasons, and both are held at the same course every year

Unlike the mainstream men's equivalents, all but one of the women's majors have title sponsors Each of the five majors falls under a different jurisdiction The LPGA organizes the ANA Inspiration Through 2014, it also organized the LPGA Championship, but effective in 2015 that tournament has been taken over by the PGA of America, the body that organizes the men's PGA Championship, and has been renamed the Women's PGA Championship2 The US Women's Open, is operated by the United States Golf Association The Women's British Open is operated by the Ladies' Golf Union, the governing body for women's golf in the United Kingdom and Ireland The Evian Championship is operated by the LET

From 2006 through 2008, the winners of the four women's majors received automatic entry to the LPGA's season championship, the LPGA Tour Championship Beginning in 2009, the Tour Championship extended entry to all players in the top 120 on the official LPGA Money List Starting in 2011, the Tour Championship was replaced by the CME Group Titleholders; from that point through 2013, the top three finishers at all official tour events, including the majors, who had not already qualified for the Titleholders earned entries Starting in 2014, the LPGA adopted a points race similar in some ways to the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup In the new system, officially called the "Race to the CME Globe", the top 72 points earners during the season, plus all tournament winners, qualify for the renamed final event, the CME Group Tour Championship, in which the top nine points earners will have at least a mathematical chance of winning the season title


Eight different events are classified as having been LPGA majors at some time The number in each season has fluctuated between two and five The first tournament which is now included in the LPGA's official list of major victories is the 1930 Women's Western Open, although this is a retrospective designation as the LPGA was not founded until 19503·The Titleholders was played from 1937 to 1966 with a gap due to World War II In 1967 there were three majors, then from 1968 to 1971 this decreased and went back to two majors Then in 1979, the du Maurier Classic was first played and immediately considered a major leading to three majors again from 1979 to 1982 In 1983, when Nabisco Dinah Shore gained major championship status, there were four majors4

  • Women's Western Open: 1930–1967
  • Titleholders Championship: 1937–42; 1946–66; 1972
  • US Women's Open: 1946–present
  • Women's PGA Championship: 1955–present LPGA Championship, 1955–2014
  • du Maurier Classic: 1979–2000
  • ANA Inspiration: 1983–present Nabisco Dinah Shore, 1983–1999; Nabisco Championship, 2000–2001; Kraft Nabisco Championship, 2002–2014
  • Women's British Open: 2001–present
  • The Evian Championship: 2013–present

LPGA major winnersedit

Fourth era beginning in 2013
Year ANA Inspiration Women's PGA Championship US Women's Open Women's British Open The Evian Championship
2017 Ryu So-yeon 2/2 Danielle Kang Jul 13–16, Trump National Golf Club Aug 3–6, Kingsbarns Golf Links Sep 14–17, Evian Resort Golf Club
2016 Lydia Ko 2/2 Brooke Henderson Brittany Lang Ariya Jutanugarn Chun In-gee 2/2
2015 Brittany Lincicome 2/2 Inbee Park 6/7 Chun In-gee 1/2 Inbee Park 7/7 Lydia Ko 1/2
2014 Lexi Thompson Inbee Park 5/7 Michelle Wie Mo Martin Kim Hyo-joo
20135 Inbee Park 2/7 Inbee Park 3/7 Inbee Park 4/7 Stacy Lewis 2/2 Suzann Pettersen 2/2
Third era 2001–2012
Year Kraft Nabisco Championship LPGA Championship US Women's Open Women's British Open
2012 Sun-Young Yoo Shanshan Feng Na Yeon Choi Jiyai Shin 2/2
2011 Stacy Lewis 1/2 Yani Tseng 4/5 Ryu So-yeon 1/2 Yani Tseng 5/5
2010 Yani Tseng 2/5 Cristie Kerr 2/2 Paula Creamer Yani Tseng 3/5
2009 Brittany Lincicome 1/2 Anna Nordqvist Eun-Hee Ji Catriona Matthew
2008 Lorena Ochoa 2/2 Yani Tseng 1/5 Inbee Park 1/7 Jiyai Shin 1/2
2007 Morgan Pressel Suzann Pettersen 1/2 Cristie Kerr 1/2 Lorena Ochoa 1/2
2006 Karrie Webb 7/7 Se Ri Pak 5/5 Annika Sörenstam 10/10 Sherri Steinhauer 2/2
2005 Annika Sörenstam 8/10 Annika Sörenstam 9/10 Birdie Kim Jeong Jang
2004 Grace Park Annika Sörenstam 7/10 Meg Mallon 4/4 Karen Stupples
2003 Patricia Meunier-Lebouc Annika Sörenstam 5/10 Hilary Lunke Annika Sörenstam 6/10
2002 Annika Sörenstam 4/10 Se Ri Pak 4/5 Juli Inkster 7/7 Karrie Webb 6/7
2001 Annika Sörenstam 3/10 Karrie Webb 4/7 Karrie Webb 5/7 Se Ri Pak 3/5
Second era 1973–2000
Year Nabisco Dinah Shore LPGA Championship US Women's Open du Maurier Classic
2000 Karrie Webb 2/7 Juli Inkster 6/7 Karrie Webb 3/7 Meg Mallon 3/4
1999 Dottie Pepper 2/2 Juli Inkster 4/7 Juli Inkster 5/7 Karrie Webb 1/7
1998 Pat Hurst Se Ri Pak 1/5 Se Ri Pak 2/5 Brandie Burton 2/2
1997 Betsy King 6/6 Christa Johnson Alison Nicholas Colleen Walker
1996 Patty Sheehan 6/6 Laura Davies 3/4 Annika Sörenstam 2/10 Laura Davies 4/4
1995 Nanci Bowen Kelly Robbins Annika Sörenstam 1/10 Jenny Lidback
1994 Donna Andrews Laura Davies 2/4 Patty Sheehan 5/6 Martha Nause
1993 Helen Alfredsson Patty Sheehan 4/6 Lauri Merten Brandie Burton 1/2
1992 Dottie Mochrie 1/2 Betsy King 5/6 Patty Sheehan 3/6 Sherri Steinhauer 1/2
1991 Amy Alcott 5/5 Meg Mallon 1/4 Meg Mallon 2/4 Nancy Scranton
1990 Betsy King 3/6 Beth Daniel Betsy King 4/6 Cathy Johnston
1989 Juli Inkster 3/7 Nancy Lopez 3/3 Betsy King 2/6 Tammie Green
1988 Amy Alcott 4/5 Sherri Turner Liselotte Neumann Sally Little 2/2
1987 Betsy King 1/6 Jane Geddes 2/2 Laura Davies 1/4 Jody Rosenthal
1986 Pat Bradley 4/6 Pat Bradley 5/6 Jane Geddes 1/2 Pat Bradley 6/6
1985 Alice Miller Nancy Lopez 2/3 Kathy Baker Pat Bradley 3/6
1984 Juli Inkster 1/7 Patty Sheehan 2/6 Hollis Stacy 4/4 Juli Inkster 2/7
1983 Amy Alcott 3/5 Patty Sheehan 1/6 Jan Stephenson 3/3 Hollis Stacy 3/4
1982 Not considered a major Jan Stephenson 2/3 Janet Anderson Sandra Haynie 4/4
1981 Donna Caponi 4/4 Pat Bradley 2/6 Jan Stephenson 1/3
1980 Sally Little 1/2 Amy Alcott 2/5 Pat Bradley 1/6
1979 Donna Caponi 3/4 Jerilyn Britz Amy Alcott 1/5
1978 Nancy Lopez 1/3 Hollis Stacy 2/4 Not considered a major
1977 Chako Higuchi Hollis Stacy 1/4
1976 Betty Burfeindt JoAnne Carner 2/2
1975 Kathy Whitworth 6/6 Sandra Palmer 2/2
1974 Sandra Haynie 2/4 Sandra Haynie 3/4
1973 Mary Mills 3/3 Susie Berning 4/4
First era 1930–72
Year Women's Western Open LPGA Championship US Women's Open Titleholders Championship
1972 Defunct Kathy Ahern Susie Berning 3/4 Sandra Palmer 1/2
1971 Kathy Whitworth 5/6 JoAnne Carner 1/2 Not played
1970 Shirley Englehorn Donna Caponi 2/4
1969 Betsy Rawls 8/8 Donna Caponi 1/4
1968 Sandra Post Susie Berning 2/4
1967 Kathy Whitworth 3/6 Kathy Whitworth 4/6 Catherine Lacoste
1966 Mickey Wright 13/13 Gloria Ehret Sandra Spuzich Kathy Whitworth 2/6
1965 Susie Maxwell 1/4 Sandra Haynie 1/4 Carol Mann 2/2 Kathy Whitworth 1/6
1964 Carol Mann 1/2 Mary Mills 2/3 Mickey Wright 12/13 Marilynn Smith 2/2
1963 Mickey Wright 10/13 Mickey Wright 11/13 Mary Mills 1/3 Marilynn Smith 1/2
1962 Mickey Wright 8/13 Judy Kimball Murle Lindstrom Mickey Wright 9/13
1961 Mary Lena Faulk Mickey Wright 5/13 Mickey Wright 6/13 Mickey Wright 7/13
1960 Joyce Ziske Mickey Wright 4/13 Betsy Rawls 7/8 Fay Crocker 2/2
1959 Betsy Rawls 5/8 Betsy Rawls 6/8 Mickey Wright 3/13 Louise Suggs 11/11
1958 Patty Berg 15/15 Mickey Wright 1/13 Mickey Wright 2/13 Beverly Hanson 3/3
1957 Patty Berg 13/15 Louise Suggs 10/11 Betsy Rawls 4/8 Patty Berg 14/15
1956 Beverly Hanson 2/3 Marlene Hagge Kathy Cornelius Louise Suggs 9/11
1955 Patty Berg 11/15 Beverly Hanson 1/3 Fay Crocker 1/2 Patty Berg 12/15
1954 Betty Jameson 3/3 Not yet founded Babe Zaharias 10/10 Louise Suggs 8/11
1953 Louise Suggs 7/11 Betsy Rawls 3/8 Patty Berg 10/15
1952 Betsy Rawls 2/8 Louise Suggs 6/11 Babe Zaharias 9/10
1951 Patty Berg 9/15 Betsy Rawls 1/8 Pat O'Sullivan
1950 Babe Zaharias 6/10 Babe Zaharias 7/10 Babe Zaharias 8/10
1949 Louise Suggs 4/11 Louise Suggs 5/11 Peggy Kirk
1948 Patty Berg 7/15 Babe Zaharias 5/10 Patty Berg 8/15
1947 Louise Suggs 3/11 Betty Jameson 2/3 Babe Zaharias 4/10
1946 Louise Suggs 1/11 Patty Berg 6/15 Louise Suggs 2/11
1945 Babe Zaharias 3/10 Not yet founded Not played World War II
1944 Babe Zaharias 2/10
1943 Patty Berg 5/15
1942 Betty Jameson 1/3 Dorothy Kirby 2/2
1941 Patty Berg 4/15 Dorothy Kirby 1/2
1940 Babe Zaharias 1/10 Helen Hicks 2/2
1939 Helen Dettweiler Patty Berg 3/15
1938 Bea Barrett Patty Berg 2/15
1937 Helen Hicks 1/2 Patty Berg 1/15
1936 Opal Hill 2/2 Not yet founded
1935 Opal Hill 1/2
1934 Marian McDougall
1933 June Beebe 2/2
1932 Jane Weiller
1931 June Beebe 1/2
1930 Lee Mida

The "Grand Slam"edit

No woman has completed a four-major Grand Slam, much less one with five majors Babe Zaharias won all three majors contested in 1950 and Sandra Haynie won both majors in 1974

During the four-major era, six women have completed a "Career Grand Slam" by winning four different majors There are variations in the set of four tournaments involved as the players played in different eras The six are: Pat Bradley; Juli Inkster; Annika Sörenstam; Louise Suggs; Karrie Webb; and Mickey Wright During the five-major era, Inbee Park became the first woman to complete the "Career Grand Slam" Even though there has been some debate surrounding whether Park has actually accomplished this feat, as she won The Evian Championship in 2012 before it officially became a major in 2013, LPGA acknowledged Park to have successfully achieved a "Career Grand Slam"67 The LPGA recognizes Webb as its only "Super Career Grand Slam" winner, since she is the only golfer to have won five events recognized by the LPGA as majors Before the elevation of The Evian Championship to major status, the following was required for a golfer to win the Super Career Grand Slam:

  • The du Maurier Classic between 1979 and 2000, when it was recognized by the LPGA as a major;
  • the Women's British Open in 2001 or later; and
  • the other three then-existing majors

Webb won the du Maurier Classic in 1999 and the Women's British Open in 2002

Consecutive victories at a major championshipedit

Nationality Player Major # Years
 United States Patty Berg Titleholders Championship 3 1937, 1938, 1939
 Sweden Annika Sörenstam LPGA Championship 3 2003, 2004, 2005
 South Korea Inbee Park Women's PGA Championship 3 2013, 2014, 2015
 United States Opal Hill Women's Western Open 2 1935, 1936
 United States Dorothy Kirby Titleholders Championship 2 1941, 1942
 United States Babe Zaharias Women's Western Open 2 1944, 1945
 United States Louise Suggs Women's Western Open 2 1946, 1947
 United States Patty Berg Women's Western Open 2 1957, 1958
 United States Mickey Wright US Women's Open 2 1958, 1959
 United States Mickey Wright LPGA Championship 2 1960, 1961
 United States Mickey Wright Titleholders Championship 2 1961, 1962
 United States Mickey Wright Women's Western Open 2 1962, 1963
 United States Marilynn Smith Titleholders Championship 2 1963, 1964
 United States Kathy Whitworth Titleholders Championship 2 1965, 1966
 United States Donna Caponi US Women's Open 2 1969, 1970
 United States Susie Berning US Women's Open 2 1972, 1973
 United States Hollis Stacy US Women's Open 2 1977, 1978
 United States Patty Sheehan LPGA Championship 2 1983, 1984
 United States Pat Bradley du Maurier Classic 2 1985, 1986
 United States Betsy King US Women's Open 2 1989, 1990
 Sweden Annika Sörenstam US Women's Open 2 1995, 1996
 United States Juli Inkster LPGA Championship 2 1999, 2000
 Australia Karrie Webb US Women's Open 2 2000, 2001
 Sweden Annika Sörenstam Kraft Nabisco Championship 2 2001, 2002
 Taiwan Yani Tseng Women's British Open 2 2010, 2011

Multiple major victories in a calendar yearedit

Three victoriesedit

  • 1950: Babe Zaharias; Women's Western Open, US Women's Open, and Titleholders Championship
  • 1961: Mickey Wright; LPGA Championship, US Women's Open, and Titleholders Championship
  • 1986: Pat Bradley; Kraft Nabisco Championship, LPGA Championship, du Maurier Classic
  • 2013: Inbee Park; Kraft Nabisco Championship, LPGA Championship, US Women's Open

Note: These golfers are also included below in the Two victories section

Two victoriesedit

ANA Inspiration and LPGA Championshipedit

  • 1986: Pat Bradley
  • 2005: Annika Sörenstam
  • 2013: Inbee Park

ANA Inspiration and US Women's Openedit

  • 1990: Betsy King
  • 2000: Karrie Webb
  • 2013: Inbee Park

ANA Inspiration and Women's British Openedit

  • 2010: Yani Tseng

LPGA Championship and US Women's Openedit

  • 1958: Mickey Wright
  • 1961: Mickey Wright 2
  • 1974: Sandra Haynie
  • 1991: Meg Mallon
  • 1998: Se Ri Pak
  • 1999: Juli Inkster
  • 2001: Karrie Webb
  • 2013: Inbee Park

LPGA Championship and Women's British Openedit

  • 2003: Annika Sörenstam
  • 2011: Yani Tseng
  • 2015: Inbee Park

US Women's Open and Women's British Openedit

  • Never has occurred

ANA Inspiration and du Maurier Classicedit

  • 1984: Juli Inkster
  • 1986: Pat Bradley

LPGA Championship and du Maurier Classicedit

  • 1986: Pat Bradley
  • 1996: Laura Davies

US Women's Open and du Maurier Classicedit

  • Never occurred

Women's Western Open and LPGA Championshipedit

  • 1959: Betsy Rawls
  • 1963: Mickey Wright
  • 1967: Kathy Whitworth

Women's Western Open and US Women's Openedit

  • 1949: Louise Suggs
  • 1950: Babe Zaharias

Women's Western Open and Titleholders Championshipedit

  • 1946: Louise Suggs
  • 1948: Patty Berg
  • 1950: Babe Zaharias
  • 1955: Patty Berg
  • 1957: Patty Berg
  • 1962: Mickey Wright

LPGA Championship and Titleholders Championshipedit

  • 1961: Mickey Wright

US Women's Open and Titleholders Championshipedit

  • 1950: Babe Zaharias
  • 1961: Mickey Wright

Record scoresedit

The lowest score in relation to par recorded in a women's major championship was 19-under-par, by Dottie Pepper at the 1999 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Karen Stupples at the 2004 Women's British Open, Cristie Kerr at the 2010 LPGA Championship, Yani Tseng at the 2011 LPGA Championship, and Inbee Park at the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship The lowest aggregate score for 72-holes is 267, which was achieved by Betsy King at the 1992 LPGA Championship The single round scoring record is 61 by Kim Hyo-joo at the 2014 Evian Championship A score of 62 has been shot by Minea Blomqvist at the 2004 Women's British Open third round, Lorena Ochoa at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship first round, and Mirim Lee at the 2016 Women's British Open first round

Other regular toursedit

In men's non-senior golf, the four majors are agreed globally All the principal tours acknowledge the status of the majors via their sponsorship of the Official World Golf Ranking, and the prize money is official on the three richest regular tours the PGA, European, and Japanese tours This is not the case in women's golf, but the significance of this is limited, as the LPGA Tour is much more dominant in women's golf than the PGA Tour is in men's golf For example, the BBC has been known to use the LPGA definition of women's majors without qualifying it Also, before the Evian Masters was elevated to major status, the Ladies' Golf Union, the governing body for women's golf in the UK and Republic of Ireland and the organiser of the Women's British Open, stated on its official site that the Women's British Open is "the only Women's Major to be played outside the US"8

The Ladies European Tour does not sanction any of the LPGA majors which are played in the United States, and only has two events which it designates as majors on its schedule, namely the Women's British Open and The Evian Championship historically the Evian Masters, which is played in France The Ladies European Tour had long tacitly acknowledged the dominance of the LPGA Tour by not scheduling any of its events to conflict with any of the LPGA majors played in the US, but that changed slightly in 2008 when the LET scheduled a tournament opposite the LPGA Championship Also, while the LPGA Tour did not recognize the then-Evian Masters as a major until 2013, it began co-sanctioning the tournament as a regular tour event in 2000 Because it was played the week before the Women's British Open except in 2012, when the latter event was moved to September to avoid conflict with the London Olympics, and the purse was and remains one of the largest on the LPGA Tour, virtually all top LPGA players played the Evian Masters before its elevation to major status The Evian Championship has now moved to September During the 2006–08 period, its winner also received an automatic berth in the LPGA Tour Championship

The LPGA of Japan Tour, which is the second richest women's golf tourcitation needed, has its own set of four majors: the World Ladies, the Japan Open, the JLPGA Championship and the JLPGA Tour Championship However, these events attract little notice outside Japan, and to a lesser degree South Korea since a number of Koreans now play on the Japan tour

Symetra Touredit

Since 2006, the Symetra Tour, the LPGA's developmental tour known through 2011 as the Futures Tour, has designated the Tate & Lyle Players Championship, an event which has been held since 1985, as a major championship It was the Tour's first $100,000 purse

Women's senior golfedit

Professional women's senior golf is in its infancy, and does not yet have a roster of majors The Legends Tour, originally the Women's Senior Golf Tour, played its first season in 2001

See alsoedit

  • Chronological list of LPGA major golf champions

Notes and referencesedit

  1. ^ "LPGA Adds The Evian as a Major Championship in 2013" Press release LPGA July 20, 2011 Retrieved July 29, 2011 
  2. ^ "PGA of America, LPGA, KPMG join forces for KPMG Women's PGA Championship" PGA of America May 29, 2014 
  3. ^ LPGA Major Championship Winners
  4. ^ "The Long, Strange Trip of Major Championships in Women's Golf" Retrieved October 2, 2016 
  5. ^ Order in 2013: Kraft Nabisco, LPGA Championship, US Open, British Open, Evian
  6. ^ "Countdown to the Hall - Inbee Park Achieves Career Grand Slam at RICOH Women's British Open" LPGA 
  7. ^ "Inbee Park’s Women’s British Open win sparks ‘career grand slam’ debate" SB Nation 
  8. ^ "Women's British Open breaks new ground at St Andrews" Ladies' Golf Union Retrieved April 1, 2007 

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