2005 in Golf - Women's Professional Golf

Women's Professional Golf

LPGA majors

  • 24–27 March: Kraft Nabisco Championship - Annika Sörenstam won by eight shots, claiming her eighth major title, and equalling Nancy Lopez's 27-year-old record of winning five consecutive LPGA starts.
  • 9–12 June: LPGA Championship - Annika Sörenstam cruised to a three shot win to claim her second major of the year and ninth of her career. Fifteen-year-old Michelle Wie was runner-up.
  • 23–26 June: U.S. Women's Open - South Korean Birdie Kim holes a 30-yard sand shot on the 72nd hole, punctuating her two-shot win over teenage amateurs Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang. Kim, who scored her first LPGA tournament win, finished the event at 3-over-par 284. Sörenstam was never a factor, finishing nine shots back. Wie was in a three-way tie for the lead after three rounds, but ballooned to an 82 and finished tied with Sörenstam. Lorena Ochoa was at 3-over after 71 holes, but hit her tee shot into the water on the final hole and shot a quadruple-bogey 8.
  • 28–31 July: Weetabix Women's British Open - Another South Korean who had no previous LPGA tournament wins, Jeong Jang, cruises to a four-stroke win over Sophie Gustafson. Wie finished in a tie for third in her last tournament of the year before returning to high school.

For a full list of LPGA Tour results click here.

Ladies European Tour major (in addition to the Women's British Open)

  • 20–23 July: Evian Masters - Paula Creamer, an 18-year-old rookie pro on the LPGA tour, waltzed to an eight-stroke win over Wie and Ochoa.

Additional LPGA Tour event

  • 30 June - 3 July: HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship - little known Colombian Marisa Baena beat Meena Lee of South Korea by one hole in the inaugural staging of this event.

Money list winners

  • LPGA Tour - Annika Sörenstam topped the money list for the eighth time with earnings of $2,588,240. She won ten tournaments. final money list
  • Ladies European Tour - Iben Tinning topped the money list with earnings of €204,672.62

Team events

  • 11–13 February: Women's World Cup of Golf - Japan, represented by Ai Miyazato and Rui Kitada, won the inaugural staging of this event.
  • 9–11 September: Solheim Cup - The USA overcame an early deficit to beat Europe 15.5-12.5 and reclaim the cup.

Other happenings

  • 26 February: 15 year old Michelle Wie achieves her career best finish on the LPGA Tour, placing tied 2nd at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
  • 22 May: 18 year old Paula Creamer became the youngest first time winner on the LPGA Tour since 1952 at the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury.
  • 5 October: Michelle Wie turned pro six days before her sixteenth birthday.
  • 6 November: Annika Sörenstam becomes first professional golfer to win same tournament five-straight times at Mizuno Classic.

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