Inbee Park of South Korea kisses the trophy after winning the Wegmans LPGA Championship
PITTSFORD, NY - JUNE 09: Inbee Park of South Korea kisses the trophy after winning the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club on June 9, 2013 in Pittsford, New York
Event: Evian Championship Site: Evian Resort Golf Club at Evian-les-Bains, France Dates: Sept. 13-15 Winner's scores: 66-69-68 — 203, 10 under The skinny: Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko by two shots to clinch the second major title of her career. Pettersen had a 3-under-par 68 to finish with a 10-under total of 203 after the tournament was reduced to three rounds when Thursday's play was rained out. The 16-year-old Ko, who was trying to become the youngest major champion, finished with a 70.
Event: Safeway Classic Site: Columbia Edgewater Country Club at Portland, Ore. Dates: Aug. 29-Sept. 1 Winner's scores: 68-63-70-67 — 268, 20 under The skinny: Three strokes back of playing partner Yani Tseng to start the final round, Pettersen inherited the lead when Tseng ballooned to a 78 on Sunday. Pettersen's steady play resulted in her second victory in this event in three years, and her 12th LPGA Tour title. It was her second tour win of 2013, and she also has a Ladies European Tour win to her credit.
Event: Canadian Women's Open Site: Royal Mayfair Golf Club at Edmonton, Alberta Dates: Aug. 22-25 Winner's scores: 65-69-67-64 — 265, 15 under The skinny: Only 16 and still an amateur, Ko won a pro event for the fourth time (two on the LPGA Tour). She also successfully defended the Canadian title she won last year at age 15. One shot back of Caroline Hedwall entering the final round, Ko pulled away on Sunday for a five-shot victory. In the process, became the first amateur to win more than one LPGA Tour event.
Event: British Open Site: St. Andrews, The Old Course at Fife, Scotland Dates: Aug. 1-4 Winner's scores: 67-72-69-72 — 280, 8 under The skinny: Going into the 17th hole, Stacy Lewis stood at 2 over par for the final round and was in danger of giving away her lead. But she stepped up when it mattered, knocking in birdies on both of the final two holes to get back to even par for the round and win by two strokes. The win gave Lewis her second career major and ended a record streak of 10 consecutive majors won by Asian golfers. It also marked the end of Inbee Park's attempt to become the only golfer, male or female, to win four straight majors.
Event: Marathon Classic Site: Highland Meadows Golf Club Dates: July 18-21 Winner's scores: 69-65-67-66—267, 5 under The skinny: A head-to-head duel between Recari and Paula Creamer in the final round of the Marathon Classic was great theater. They started the final round tied and spent most of the day trading the lead as if it were match play. Recari rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good and hung on to hold off Creamer for her third LPGA Tour title.
Hee Young Park
Event: Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Site: Grey Silo Golf Course at Waterloo, Ontario Dates: July 11-14 Winner's scores: 65-67-61-65 — 258, 6 under The skinny: Park used a fantastic third round to jump into contention and turn the LPGA Classic into a two-woman race between her and Angela Stanford. Both women performed well in the final round to force a playoff, and then they both started the playoff with two consecutive birdies. But Park finished things by hitting another birdie to clinch her second career LPGA win.
Event: US Women's Open Site: Sebonack Golf Club at Southampton, NY Dates: June 27-30 Winner's scores: 67-68-71-74—280, 8 under The skinny: Park (being sprayed with champagne by her LPGA Tour peers) cruised to victory for her third major title of 2013. She opened the final round with a four-stroke lead, and that was the margin of victory over I.M. Kim. Park became the first LPGA Tour player since legendary Babe Zaharias in 1950 to win the first three majors of a season. It was Park's sixth tournament title of 2013 and her third in a row.
Event: NW Arkansas Championship Site: Pinnacle Country Club at Rogers, Ark. Dates: June 21-23 Winner's scores: 69-65-67—201, 12 under The skinny: Park sank a birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat So-Yeon Ryu and win his fifth LPGA Tour event of the year. It also was her second straight win, following the LPGA Championship two weeks earlier. Both Park and Ryu sank birdie putts on the 18th hole of the final round en route to the playoff.
Event: Wegmans LPGA Championship Site: Locust Hill Country Club at Pittsford, NY Dates: June 6-9, 2013 Winner's scores: 72-68-68-75—283, 5 under The skinny: Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship, bringing a dramatic finish to a marathon of a day in which organizers were forced to squeeze in the final two rounds after torrential rain postponed the first round. Park rebounded in the playoff after blowing a three-shot lead with a closing 3-over 75. The South Korean star bogeyed three of her final five holes in regulation and hit only six fairways in the final round. The 24-year-old Park also won the Kraft Nabisco in California in early April.
Event: ShopRite LPGA Classic Site: Stockton Seaview Golf Club at Galloway, NJ Dates: May 31-June 2 Winner's scores: 72-69-68—209, 4 under The skinny: Webb entered the final round down five strokes and seemed out of contention, especially considered the strong winds the golfers had to fight. But Webb had her best round of the weekend, shooting a 3-under-par 68 while everyone her folded. Shanshan Feng, who entered Sunday with the lead, shot a 4-over 75 to open the door for Webb, who won her first LPGA event in two years but the 39th of her career.
Event: Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Site: Ocean Club at Paradise Islands, Bahamas Dates: May 23-26 Winner's scores: 41-43-42—126, 11 under The skinny: A crazy week of weather caused flooding over so much of the Ocean Club course that the tour's best option was to shorten the course to 12 holes and play three rounds to reach the 36 holes required for an official event. That led to strange round scores and an usual total score, but Ilhee Lee overcame the elements to earn her first career LPGA Tour victory.
Event: Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Site: The Crossings course at Mobile, Ala. Dates: May 16-19 Winner's scores: 67-70-65-65—267, 21 under The skinny: Johnson closed with a second straight 65 to win on the LPGA Tour for the first time. The 21-year-old birdied four of the final six holes for a one-stroke victory over Jessica Korda and Pornanong Phatlum. Johnson had only one previous top-10 finish coming in.
Event: Kingsmill Championship Site: Kingsmill's River Course at Williamsburg, Va. Dates: May 2-5 Winner's scores: 66-71-66-69—272, 12 under The skinny: Kerr won the event for the third time to notch her 16th career win. Kerr beat Suzann Pettersen in a two-hole playoff. It was a special victory for Kerr because it was the first time her father, a Vietnam veteran, watched earn an LPGA win.
Event: North Texas LPGA Shootout Site: Las Colinas Country Club at Irving, Texas Dates: April 25-28 Winner's scores: 67-70-67-67—271, 13 under The skinny: Park, the world No. 1, protected her ranking with her third win of 2013. She hit a 4-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to defeat Carlota Ciganda by one stroke, her sixth career win on the LPGA Tour. Ciganda had a two-stroke lead with eight holes remaining, but she gave Park an opening with a bogey on the 14th hole and a double-bogey on the 15th.
Event: Lotte Championship Site: Ko Olina Golf Club at Kapolei, Hawaii Dates: April 17-20 Winner's scores: 65-69-68-67—269, 19 under The skinny: Pettersen finished regulation tied with Lizette Salas, then won the playoff with a par on the first extra hole. Salas shot a blistering 10-under 62 in the final round to force the playoff. Pettersen (pictured, center, trying a celebratory hula) improved to 5-2 in playoffs in her career while earning her 11th LPGA Tour victory.
Event: Kraft Nabisco Championship Site: Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Rancho Mirage, Calif. Dates: April 4-7 Winner's scores: 70-67-67-69—273, 15 under The skinny: Park romped to a four-stroke victory for the second major championship of her career. Birdies on the first two holes Sunday gave her a six-stroke lead, and she was never in jeopardy the rest of the day before enjoying the traditional plunge into Poppy's Pond with caddie Brad Beecher (pictured).
Event: Kia Classic Site: Aviara Golf Club at Carlsbad, Calif. Dates: March 21-24 Winner's scores: 69-67-69-74—279, 9 under The skinny: Recari bested I.M. Kim in a two-hole playoff for her second LPGA Tour win. The Spaniard's first win came back in 2010. Recari missed a 4-foot putt for par on the 72nd hole and survived a bogey on the first playoff hole before closing it out. It was the 38th straight event that she has made the cut.
Event: RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Site: Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa at Phoenix Dates: March 14-17 Winner's scores: 68-65-68-64—265, 23 under The skinny: In the first 2013 event in the United States, Lewis (pictured getting a hug from LPGA co-founder Shirley Spork) became the first multiple winner of the year, and she did it in consecutive events. More important, the win vaulted her to No. 1 in the Rolex world rankings, ending Yani Tseng's 109-week reign as the world's top-ranked player.
Event: HSBC Women's Champions Site: Sentosa Golf Club at Singapore Dates: Feb. 28-March 3 Winner's scores: 67-66-69-71—273, 15 under The skinny: Lewis, the 2012 Player of the Year, got back into the win column in the season's third event, earning a celebratory beer shower from Brittany Lincicome (pictured). Lewis led by three strokes on the back nine Sunday but wobbled with two late bogeys before holding on for a one-stroke victory over Na Yeon Choi. Paula Creamer finished two strokes back in third despite suffering soreness from injuried sustained the previous week in an auto accident after the tournament in Thailand.
Event: Honda LPGA Thailand Site: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course at Chonburi, Thailand Dates: Feb. 21-24 Winner's scores: 67-71-71-67—276, 12 under The skinny: Park, the 2012 LPGA Tour money leader, picked up where she left off by winning her first event of 2013. Park went to the clubhouse trailing 17-year-old Thailand native Ariya Jutanugarn by two strokes but wound up with champion when the phenom took double bogey on her final hole. The victory gave Park three wins and five runner-up finishes in her past 12 events.
Event: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Site: Royal Canberra Golf Club at Yarralumla, Australia Dates: Feb. 14-17 Winner's scores: 65-67-70-72—274, 18 under The skinny: In the season opener, Shin shot 1 under the final round to hold on for a two-shot victory over world No. 1 Yani Tseng, claiming 11th LPGA Tour victory. Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old fan favorite, briefly pulled into a tie with Shin on the back nine on Sunday before falling to third place, four strokes back, in the end.