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:

YearChampionScoreTo parMarginCourse
2020Kim Sei-Young266-145 strokesAronimink
2019Hannah Green279-91 strokeHazeltine National
2018Park Sung-hyun278−10PlayoffKemper Lakes Golf Club
2017Danielle Kang271−131 strokeOlympia Fields Country Club
2016Brooke Henderson278−6PlayoffSahalee Country Club
2015Inbee Park (3)273−195 strokesWestchester Country Club
2014Inbee Park (2)277−11PlayoffMonroe Golf Club
2013Inbee Park283−5PlayoffLocust Hill Country Club
2012Shanshan Feng282−62 strokesLocust Hill Country Club
2011Yani Tseng (2)269−1910 strokesLocust Hill Country Club
2010Cristie Kerr269−1912 strokesLocust Hill Country Club
2009Anna Nordqvist273−154 strokesBulle Rock Golf Course
2008Yani Tseng276−12PlayoffBulle Rock Golf Course
2007Suzann Pettersen274−141 strokeBulle Rock Golf Course
2006Se Ri Pak (3)280−8PlayoffBulle Rock Golf Course
2005Annika Sörenstam (3)277−115 strokesBulle Rock Golf Course
2004Annika Sörenstam (2)271−173 strokesDuPont Country Club
2003Annika Sörenstam278−6PlayoffDuPont Country Club
2002Se Ri Pak (2)279−53 strokesDuPont Country Club
2001Karrie Webb270−142 strokesDuPont Country Club
2000Juli Inkster (2)281−3PlayoffDuPont Country Club
1999Juli Inkster268−164 strokesDuPont Country Club
1998Se Ri Pak273−113 strokesDuPont Country Club
1997Christa Johnson281−3PlayoffDuPont Country Club
1996Laura Davies (2)213E1 strokeDuPont Country Club
1995Kelly Robbins274−101 strokeDuPont Country Club
1994Laura Davies279−53 strokesDuPont Country Club
1993Patty Sheehan (3)275−91 strokeBethesda Country Club
1992Betsy King267−1711 strokesBethesda Country Club
1991Meg Mallon274−101 strokeBethesda Country Club
1990Beth Daniel280−41 strokeBethesda Country Club
1989Nancy Lopez (3)274−143 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1988Sherri Turner281−71 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1987Jane Geddes275−131 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1986Pat Bradley277−111 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1985Nancy Lopez (2)275−158 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1984Patty Sheehan (2)272−1610 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1983Patty Sheehan279−92 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1982Jan Stephenson279−92 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1981Donna Caponi (2)280−81 strokeJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1980Sally Little285−33 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1979Donna Caponi279−93 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1978Nancy Lopez275−136 strokesJack Nicklaus Sports Center
1977Chako Higuchi279−93 strokesBay Tree Golf Plantation
1976Betty Burfeindt287−51 strokePine Ridge Golf Course
1975Kathy Whitworth (3)288−41 strokePine Ridge Golf Course
1974Sandra Haynie (2)287−52 strokesPleasant Valley Country Club
1973Mary Mills (2)288−41 strokePleasant Valley Country Club
1972Kathy Ahern29316 strokesPleasant Valley Country Club
1971Kathy Whitworth (2)288−44 strokesPleasant Valley Country Club
1970Shirley Englehorn285−7PlayoffPleasant Valley Country Club
1969Betsy Rawls (2)29314 strokesConcord Golf Course
1968Sandra Post2942PlayoffPleasant Valley Country Club
1967Kathy Whitworth284−81 strokePleasant Valley Country Club
1966Gloria Ehret282−23 strokesStardust Country Club
1965Sandra Haynie279−51 strokeStardust Country Club
1964Mary Mills278−62 strokesStardust Country Club
1963Mickey Wright (4)294102 strokesStardust Country Club
1962Judy Kimball282−24 strokesStardust Country Club
1961Mickey Wright (3)28739 strokesStardust Country Club
1960Mickey Wright (2)292−43 strokesSheraton Hotel Country Club
1959Betsy Rawls288−81 strokeSheraton Hotel Country Club
1958Mickey Wright28886 strokesChurchill Valley Country Club
1957Louise Suggs28553 strokesChurchill Valley Country Club
1956Marlene Hagge291−9PlayoffForest Lake Country Club
1955Beverly Hanson4 & 3Orchard Ridge Country Club

Purses for the Women’s PGA Championship are below:

YearPurse ($)Winner’s Share ($)
20214,500,000675,000
20204,300,000645,000
20193,850,000577,500
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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