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Encyclopedia > Women's majors

Women's golf has evolved a set of major tournaments which parallels that in men's golf, but the women's system is younger and has been less stable that the men's. Most professional strokeplay events for women are played over three rounds (54 holes), but the majors are played over four rounds (72 holes), which is the standard length of regular men's tournaments. This is the same distinction as for senior men's tournaments. This article is about the sport of golf. ... Stroke play is a scoring system for golf (compare to match play). ...

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LPGA majors

Current position

The LPGA's list of majors has changed several times over the years, with the last change in 2001, after the du Maurier Classic, held in Canada, was discontinued after that country passed severe restrictions on tobacco advertising. The LPGA replaced the du Maurier Classic on its list of majors with the Women's British Open. The LPGA currently recognizes four majors: LPGA stands for the Ladies Professional Golf Association. ... Canada is a sovereign state in northern North America, the northern-most country in the world, and the second largest in total area. ... Species N. alata N. bigelovil N. debneyi N. excelsior N. exigua N. glauca N. glutinosa N. kawakamii N. knightiana N. longiflora N. sylvestris N. tabacum Ref: ITIS 30562 as of 2002-08-28 Tobacco () is a broad-leafed plant of the nightshade family, indigenous to North and South America, whose...

As in men's golf, three of the majors are played in the United States and one is played in the United Kingdom. The U.S. and British Opens match their male equivalents, and the LPGA Championship is analogous to the PGA Championship, so by default the Kraft Nabisco Championship is the closest equivalent of The Masters. Unlike the men's equivalents, with the sole exception of the U.S. Women's Open, the women's majors have title sponsors. The LPGA Championship is the second-longest running tournament in the history of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, surpassed only by the U.S. Womens Open. ... The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four tournaments comprising the mens Grand Slam of golf, and it is the golf seasons final major. ... The Masters is one of four Grand Slam golf tournaments. ...


History

Seven different events are classified as having been LPGA majors at some time. The number in each season has fluctuated between two and four. The first tournament which is now included in the LPGA's official list of major victories is the 1930 Western Open, although this is a retrospective designation as the LPGA was not founded until 1950.

  • Western Open: 1930-1967
  • Titleholders Championship: 1937-42; 1946-66; 1972
  • U.S. Women's Open: 1950-date
  • LPGA Championship: 1955-date
  • du Maurier Classic: 1979-2000
  • Kraft Nabisco Championship: 1983-date
  • Women's British Open: 2001-date

The "Grand Slam"

No woman has completed a four major "Grand Slam", but Babe Zaharias won all three majors contested in 1950 and Sandra Haynie won both majors in 1974. Babe Didrikson in the 1932 Olympic javelin competition Mildred Ella Babe Didrikson Zaharias (June 26, 1911-September 27, American athlete, who excelled in many sports. ...


Six women have completed a "Career grand slam" by winning four different majors. There are variations in the set of four tournaments involved as the players played in different eras. The six are: Pat Bradley; Juli Inkster; Annika Sörenstam; Louise Suggs; Karrie Webb; and Mickey Wright. Annika Sörenstam  listen is a professional golfer from Sweden. ... Mae Louise Suggs (born September 7, 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a veteran golfer and one of the founders of modern ladies golf. ... Karrie Anne Webb (21 December 1974) is an Australian professional golfer, and is Australias best female player and one of the most successful players of all time. ...


Ladies European Tour

In men's golf, the four majors are all co-sanctioned by the U.S. based PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour, but this is not the case in women's golf. The Ladies European Tour does not sanction any of the LPGA majors which are played in the United States, and only has two events which it designates as majors on its schedule, namely the Women's British Open and the Evian Masters, which is played in France. Thus, unlike men's golf, women's golf does not have a single globally agreed set of majors. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The PGA TOUR (correctly rendered in all caps) is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA which operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour, headquartered in Virginia Water, Surrey, United Kingdom, that is the primary golf tour in Europe. ... The French Republic or France (French: République française or France) is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in western Europe, and which is further made up of a collection of overseas islands and territories located in other continents. ...


Women's senior golf

Professional women's senior golf is in its infancy, and does not yet have a roster of majors. The Women's Senior Golf Tour played its first season in 2001. The Womens Senior Golf Tour is a professional golf tour for women aged 45 and upwards. ...


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