Women’s Professional Golf, Part 2

This is the second article in a three part series on Women’s Professional Golf. Each article will include a variety of information on women’s golf around the world. We will take a look at the women who play golf on the LPGA Tour, their stats, their clubs, their homelands, and the women themselves. The research used for these articles came primarily from the LPGA and the other five women’s golf organizations from around the world.

Originally, the LPGA was made up primarily of American players who controlled the leader boards. It wasn’t until 1968 that a non-US player (Sandra Post – Canada) earned an LPGA players card. Now, non-US golfers from around the globe dominate the LPGA Tour. It may be its prestige, its competition, or its prize money, but women golfers in large numbers are using other national tours as a springboard to the LPGA.

In doing my research, I found some interesting facts about the LPGA:

-The last time an American led the money list = 1993
-The last time an American led in tournaments won = 1996
-The number of Americans who won any of the 36 major championships from 2000-2008 = 8
-Of the LPGA playing members 121 are active international players from 26 different countries.

•Australia:
11 Players
3 Rookies
46Wins
•Brazil:
2 Players
0 Wins
•Canada:
6 Players
7 Wins
•Chile:
1 Player
1 Win
•China:
1 Player
1 Rookie
0 Win
•Colombia:
2 Players
1 Rookie
1 Win
•England:
4 Players
22 Wins
•Finland:
1 Player
0 Wins
•France:
3 Players
2 Wins
•Germany:
4 Players
2 Rookies
1 Win
•India:
1 Player
0 Wins
•Italy:
2 Players
1 Wins
•Japan:
2 Players
1 Rookie
1 Wins
•Malaysia:
1 Player
0 Wins
•Mexico:
2 Player
1 Rookie
17 Wins
•Norway:
1 Player
5 Wins
•Paraguay:
1 Player
1 Win
•Philippines:
1 Player
2 Wins
•Scotland:
4 Players
5 Wins
•Spain:
1 Player
1 Rookie
0 Wins
•South America:
1 Player
1 Rookie
0 Wins
•South Korea:
45 Players
6 Rookies
61 Wins
•Sweden:
15 Players
2 Rookies
97 Wins
•Taiwan:
5 Players
1 Rookie
3 Wins
•Thailand:
3 Players
1 Rookie
0 Wins
•Wales:
1 Player
0 Wins
-Of the 138 Exempt LPGA Members, 85 are international players and 53 are US players.

-There are 30 Rookies in 2008.
10 are Exempt
22 are International Players (See above)

-Players come from 7 different Exempt and Non-Exempt Categories based on their current status as defined by the LPGA, they are:

•138 Exempt Members
•31 Non-Exempt Members
•59 Category ‘A’ Tournament Winners
•37 Conditional Members (from Qualifying)
•76 Category ‘B’ Tournament Winners
•131 Class A Members
•8 Associate Class A Members

-Top 5 players on the Official Money List (LPGA – 10/6/08):
1. Lorena Ochoa – Mexico – $2,655,111
2. Paula Creamer – USA – $1,742,733
3. Annika Sorenstam – Sweden – $1,605,186
4. Yani Tseng – Taiwan – $1,470,512
5. Inbee Park – South Korea – $1,110,206

-Top 5 players on the Official Career Money List (LPGA – 10/6/08)
1. Annika Sorenstam – Sweden – $22,442,446
2. Karrie Webb – Australia – $14,199,533
3. Lorena Ochoa – Mexico – $13,089,327
4. Juli Inkster – USA – $12,404,211
5. Se Ri Pak – South Korea – $10,123,699

-Top 5 players in Average Driving Distance in Yards (LPGA – 10/6/08)
1. Lorena Ochoa – Mexico – 269.1
2. Jee Young Lee – South Korea – 268.9
3. Sophie Gustafson – Sweden – 268.5
4. Brittany Lincicome – USA – 267.4
T5. Becky Lucidi – USA – 267.0
T5. Yani Tseng – Taiwan – 267.0

The next article will include the states where players live and play, the colleges they attended, the ladies who started the LPGA, and those pioneer players who played prior to 1970 because they loved the game (It sure wasn’t for the money!).

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