Women’s PGA Championship Winners and History

Women's PGA Championship Winners and History
Women’s PGA Championship Winners and History

Women’s PGA Championship Winners And History

Rebranded and re-imagined in 2015, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is the successor to the long-running LPGA Championship.

In its various incarnations, the LPGA Championship  is the second oldest of the LPGA’s “majors.” The inaugural event was held in 1955, as part of an effort to give the fledgling tour more opportunities for its players.

Starting in  2015, the tournament has been known as the Women’s PGA Championship, and is conducted by the PGA of America. The change apparently was both a necessity and an opportunity for the LPGA. The LPGA Championship was without a sponsor and in danger of disappearing. But a collaboration between LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and PGA of America Pete Bevacqua not only saved the tournament but also elevated its stature. The PGA of America gets the opportunity to add some gender equality to the PGA Championship, which has run since 1916.

Over the long history of the Women’s PGA Championship / LPGA Championship, the legendary Mickey Wright holds the record with four titles (1958, 1960, 1961, 1963).

The tournament was known simply as the LPGA Championship from 1955 – 1970. In 1971 – 1972, it acquired a sponsor in Eve, a cigarette brand. The LPGA Championship went without a name sponsor from 1973 – 1986. From 1987 to 1993, it was the Mazda LPGA Championship. McDonald’s picked up the mantle in 1994, and stayed under various names until 2009. Beginning in 2010, Wegman’s, a supermarket chain, became title sponsor. Starting in 2015, financial services company KPMG will be the title sponsor.

The complete list of Women’s PGA Championship Winners follows:

YearChampionCountryScoreTo parMarginCourse
2018Park Sung-hyun South Korea278−10PlayoffKemper Lakes Golf Club
2017Danielle Kang United States271−131 strokeOlympia Fields Country Club
2016Brooke Henderson Canada278−6PlayoffSahalee Country Club
2015Inbee Park (3) South Korea273−195 strokesWestchester Country Club
2014Inbee Park (2) South Korea277−11PlayoffMonroe Golf Club
2013Inbee Park South Korea283−5PlayoffLocust Hill Country Club
2012Shanshan Feng China282−62 strokesLocust Hill Country Club
2011Yani Tseng (2) Taiwan269−1910 strokesLocust Hill Country Club
2010Cristie Kerr United States269−1912 strokesLocust Hill Country Club
2009Anna Nordqvist Sweden273−154 strokesBulle Rock Golf Course
2008Yani Tseng Taiwan276−12PlayoffBulle Rock Golf Course
2007Suzann Pettersen Norway274−141 strokeBulle Rock Golf Course
2006Se Ri Pak (3) South Korea280−8PlayoffBulle Rock Golf Course
2005Annika Sörenstam (3) Sweden277−115 strokesBulle Rock Golf Course
2004Annika Sörenstam (2) Sweden271−173 strokesDuPont Country Club
2003Annika Sörenstam Sweden278−6PlayoffDuPont Country Club
2002Se Ri Pak (2) South Korea279−53 strokesDuPont Country Club
2001Karrie Webb Australia270−142 strokesDuPont Country Club
2000Juli Inkster (2) United States281−3PlayoffDuPont Country Club
1999Juli Inkster United States268−164 strokesDuPont Country Club
1998Se Ri Pak South Korea273−113 strokesDuPont Country Club
1997Christa Johnson United States281−3PlayoffDuPont Country Club
1996Laura Davies (2) England213E1 strokeDuPont Country Club
1995Kelly Robbins United States274−101 strokeDuPont Country Club
1994Laura Davies England279−53 strokesDuPont Country Club
1993Patty Sheehan (3) United States275−91 strokeBethesda Country Club
1992Betsy King United States267−1711 strokesBethesda Country Club
1991Meg Mallon United States274−101 strokeBethesda Country Club
1990Beth Daniel United States280−41 strokeBethesda Country Club
1989Nancy Lopez (3) United States274−143 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1988Sherri Turner United States281−71 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1987Jane Geddes United States275−131 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1986Pat Bradley United States277−111 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1985Nancy Lopez (2) United States275−158 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1984Patty Sheehan (2) United States272−1610 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1983Patty Sheehan United States279−92 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1982Jan Stephenson Australia279−92 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1981Donna Caponi (2) United States280−81 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1980Sally Little South Africa285−33 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1979Donna Caponi United States279−93 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1978Nancy Lopez United States275−136 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1977Chako Higuchi Japan279−93 strokesBay Tree Golf Plantation
1976Betty Burfeindt United States287−51 strokePine Ridge Golf Course
1975Kathy Whitworth (3) United States288−41 strokePine Ridge Golf Course
1974Sandra Haynie (2) United States287−52 strokesPleasant Valley Country Club
1973Mary Mills (2) United States288−41 strokePleasant Valley Country Club
1972Kathy Ahern United States29316 strokesPleasant Valley Country Club
1971Kathy Whitworth (2) United States288−44 strokesPleasant Valley Country Club
1970Shirley Englehorn United States285−7PlayoffPleasant Valley Country Club
1969Betsy Rawls (2) United States29314 strokesConcord Golf Course
1968Sandra Post Canada2942PlayoffPleasant Valley Country Club
1967Kathy Whitworth United States284−81 strokePleasant Valley Country Club
1966Gloria Ehret United States282−23 strokesStardust Country Club
1965Sandra Haynie United States279−51 strokeStardust Country Club
1964Mary Mills United States278−62 strokesStardust Country Club
1963Mickey Wright (4) United States294102 strokesStardust Country Club
1962Judy Kimball United States282−24 strokesStardust Country Club
1961Mickey Wright (3) United States28739 strokesStardust Country Club
1960Mickey Wright (2) United States292−43 strokesSheraton Hotel Country Club
1959Betsy Rawls United States288−81 strokeSheraton Hotel Country Club
1958Mickey Wright United States28886 strokesChurchill Valley Country Club
1957Louise Suggs United States28553 strokesChurchill Valley Country Club
1956Marlene Hagge United States291−9PlayoffForest Lake Country Club
1955Beverly Hanson United States4 & 3Orchard Ridge Country Club

Purses for the Women’s PGA Championship are below:

YearPurse ($)Winner's Share ($)
20183650000547500
20173500000525000
20163500000525000
20153500000525000
20142250000337500
20132250000337500
20122500000375000
20112500000375000
20102250000337500
20092000000300000
20082000000300000
20072000000300000
20061800000270000
20051800000270000
20041600000240000
20031600000240000
20021500000225000
20011500000225000
20001400000210000
19991400000210000
19981300000195000
19971200000180000
19961200000180000
19951200000180000
19941100000165000
19931000000150000
19921000000150000
19911000000150000
19901000000150000
198950000075000
198835000052500
198735000052000
198630000045000
198525000037500
198425000037500
198320000030000
198220000030000
198115000022500
198015000022500
197915000022500
197815000022500
197715000022500
1976550008000
1975550008000
1974500007000
1973350005250
1972500007500
1971530007950
1970300004500
1969350005250
1968200003000
1967175002625
1966175002475
1965175002475
1964165002450
1963165002450
1962150002300
1961150002500
196085001500
195975001247
195875001247
195776001316
195665001350
195560001200
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