The 2010 LPGA Tour was a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world that began in Thailand on February 13, 2010 and ended in Florida on December 5, 2010. The tournaments were sanctioned by the United States-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
The tour included 24 tournaments, including events in Malaysia, southern California, and two in New Jersey that were new to the schedule in 2010. Of the 24 tournaments on the schedule, 14 were hosted in the United States. The 2010 season was the tour's smallest schedule in nearly 40 years.
Na Yeon Choi, a third-year player from Korea, topped the official money list with earnings of $1,871,166. She had two wins and 15 top-10 finishes in 23 starts and won the Vare Trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average. Yani Tseng from Taiwan captured Player of the Year honors; she won three tournaments in 2010 including two of the four major championships. Spaniard Azahara Muñoz won the Rookie of the Year Award.
The four majors were won by: Yani Tseng (Kraft Nabisco Championship), Cristie Kerr (LPGA Championship), Paula Creamer (U.S. Women's Open), and Yani Tseng (Women's British Open). Tseng's win in the Women's British Open at age 21 made her the youngest player in LPGA history to win three major championships.
The 2010 season was the 60th anniversary of the LPGA Tour. As with most years, changes were made to the schedule from the previous year, which included:
The season included 24 official money events, compared with 34 just two years earlier, as the LPGA struggled to cope with the economic downturn. There were three unofficial money events, with 17 off-weeks between the first and last events in 2010.
|Dates||Tournament||Location||Winner||First prize ($)|
|Feb 18-21||Honda PTT LPGA Thailand||Thailand||Ai Miyazato (2)||195,000|
|Feb 25-28||HSBC Women's Champions||Singapore||Ai Miyazato (3)||195,000|
|Mar 25-28||Kia Classic Presented by J Golf||California||Hee Kyung Seo (1)1||255,000|
|Apr 1-4||Kraft Nabisco Championship||California||Yani Tseng (3)||300,000|
|Apr 15-16||The Mojo 6 2||Jamaica||Anna Nordqvist (n/a)2||350,000|
|Apr 29 - May 2||Tres Marias Championship||Mexico||Ai Miyazato (4)||195,000|
|May 13-16||Bell Micro LPGA Classic||Alabama||Se Ri Pak (25)||195,000|
|May 20-23||Sybase Match Play Championship||New Jersey||Sun-Young Yoo (1)||375,000|
|May 29-30||HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup 2||Brazil||Meaghan Francella (n/a) 2||105,000|
|Jun 10-14||LPGA State Farm Classic||Illinois||Cristie Kerr (13)||255,000|
|Jun 18-20||ShopRite LPGA Classic||New Jersey||Ai Miyazato (5)||225,000|
|Jun 24-27||LPGA Championship||New York||Cristie Kerr (14)||337,500|
|Jul 1-4||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic||Ohio||Na Yeon Choi (3)||150,000|
|Jul 8-11||U.S. Women's Open||Pennsylvania||Paula Creamer (9)||585,000|
|Jul 22-25||Evian Masters||France||Jiyai Shin (7)||487,500|
|Jul 29 - Aug 1||Women's British Open||England||Yani Tseng (4)||408,714|
|Aug 20-22||Safeway Classic||Oregon||Ai Miyazato (6)||225,000|
|Aug 26-29||CN Canadian Women's Open||Manitoba, Canada||Michelle Wie (2)||337,500|
|Sep 10-12||P&G NW Arkansas Championship||Arkansas||Yani Tseng (5)||300,000|
|Oct 7-10||Navistar LPGA Classic||Alabama||Katherine Hull (2)||195,000|
|Oct 14-17||CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge||California||Beatriz Recari (1)||165,000|
|Oct 22-24||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia||Malaysia||Jimin Kang (2)||270,000|
|Oct 29-31||LPGA Hana Bank Championship||South Korea||Na Yeon Choi (4)||270,000|
|Nov 5-7||Mizuno Classic||Japan||Jiyai Shin (8)||180,000|
|Nov 9||Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge2||Nevada||PGA Tour team|
|Nov 11-14||Lorena Ochoa Invitational||Mexico||In-Kyung Kim (3)||220,000|
|Dec 2-5||LPGA Tour Championship||Florida||Maria Hjorth (4)||225,000|
Tournaments in bold are majors.
1 Hee Kyung Seo was not a member of the LPGA at the time of her win in the Kia Classic.
2 Exhibition tournament, unofficial earnings.
Money List leaders
|1||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||1,871,166||23|
|2||Jiyai Shin||South Korea||1,783,127||19|
|3||Cristie Kerr||United States||1,601,552||21|
|7||In-Kyung Kim||South Korea||1,210,068||21|
|8||Song-Hee Kim||South Korea||1,208,698||22|
|9||Michelle Wie||United States||888,017||19|
|10||Paula Creamer||United States||883,870||14|
Full 2010 Official Money List- navigate to "2010"
Scoring Average leaders
|1||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||69.87|
|2||Cristie Kerr||United States||69.95|
|4||Song-Hee Kim||South Korea||70.21|
|5||Jiyai Shin||South Korea||70.25|
Full 2010 Scoring Average List - navigate to "2010", then "Scoring Average"
The three competitive awards given out by the LPGA each year are: