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Golf Stats: Non-American winners at the Women’s PGA Championship

The Women’s PGA Championship, regarded as KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for sponsorship purposes, holds a prominent place in the world of women’s professional golf. First teeing off in 1955, this tournament is among the five major championships in the LPGA Tour. However, the Ladies European Tour doesn’t bestow it with the same honor since it doesn’t give any of the American majors the status of being a major championship. 

A significant change occurred in 2014 when it was decided that the PGA of America would join forces with the LPGA. As a result, from 2015, the championship adopted its new title, the Women’s PGA Championship, mirroring its male equivalent which is the PGA Championship. Up to 2005, the event only permitted professional players. In a surprising twist in 2005, the gates were opened to amateurs. Though not openly admitted by the LPGA, many believed this was a tactical move to allow a young 15-year-old, Michelle Wie, to participate at the event. This step was perceived as a magnet to draw media attention and inflate ticket sales. 

Michelle Wie had a formidable record, making the cut in all five majors she had entered, including two top-ten finishes. Wie didn’t disappoint as she finished second at the 2005 LPGA Championship, trailing by just three strokes behind the winner, Annika Sörenstam. Following the event, the LPGA Championship restored its earlier format in 2006, keeping the field strictly limited to professionals.

Lesser known facts about the championship

Mickey Wright holds the distinction of having the maximum number of victories (4), in the history of the Women’s PGA Championships. Annika Sörenstam, on the other hand, has set a unique record of clinching three successive victories. The history of the LPGA Championship also notes the achievement of twelve champions who led the tournament from start to finish on thirteen separate occasions. These include Beverly Hanson in 1955, Mickey Wright in 1958 and 1961, Judy Kimball in 1962, Kathy Whitworth in 1967, Sandra Post in 1968, Jan Stephenson in 1982, Nancy Lopez in 1985, Betsy King in 1992, Se Ri Pak in 1998, Cristie Kerr in 2010, Yani Tseng in 2011, and most recently, Chun In-gee in 2022.

Who are the non-American winners at the Women’s PGA Championships?

Considering the tournament has been held on American turf, the Women’s PGA Championships has witnessed golfers from the United States dominate the event. Thus, we take a look at the  non-American winners at the Women’s PGA Championships.

YearCourse, LocationChampionTotal score
1968Pleasant Valley Country Club, Sutton, MassachusettsSandra Post (Canada)294
1977Bay Tree Golf Plantation, North Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaHisako Higuchi (Japan)279
1980Jack Nicklaus Golf Center, Kings Island, OhioSally Little (South Africa)285
1982Jack Nicklaus Golf Center, Kings Island, OhioJan Stephenson (Australia)280
1994DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DelawareLaura Davies (England)279
1996DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DelawareLaura Davies (England)213
1998DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DelawareSe Ri Pak (South Korea)273
2001DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DelawareKarrie Webb (Australia)270
2002DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DelawareSe Ri Pak (South Korea)279
2003DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DelawareAnnika Sörenstam (Sweden)278
2004DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DelawareAnnika Sörenstam (Sweden)271
2005Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MarylandAnnika Sörenstam (Sweden)277
2006Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MarylandSe Ri Pak (South Korea)280
2007Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MarylandSuzann Pettersen (Norway)274
2008Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MarylandYani Tseng (Taiwan)276
2009Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MarylandAnna Nordqvist (Sweden)273
2011Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New YorkYani Tseng (Taiwan)269
2012Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New YorkShanshan Feng (China)283
2013Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New YorkInbee Park (South Korea)282
2014Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, New YorkInbee Park (South Korea)277
2015Westchester Country Club, Harrison, New YorkInbee Park (South Korea)273
2016Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, WashingtonBrooke Henderson (Canada)278
2018Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Long Grove, IllinoisPark Sung-hyun (South Korea)278
2019Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, MinnesotaHannah Green (Australia)279
2020Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaKim Sei-young (South Korea)266
2022Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MarylandChun In-gee (South Korea)283

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