2010 in golf

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This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2010.

Men's professional golf

Major championships

World Golf Championships

FedEx Cup playoff events - see 2010 FedEx Cup Playoffs

Other leading PGA Tour events

  • 6–9 May: The Players Championship - South African Tim Clark, who had previously made more money than anyone else on the PGA Tour without ever winning a tournament, took the championship by one shot over Australian Robert Allenby. Prior to his victory, Clark had played in 206 PGA Tour events without ever winning.
  • 19–22 August: Wyndham Championship – In the final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs, Arjun Atwal made history by becoming the first Indian-born player ever to win on the PGA Tour, as well as the first Monday qualifier to win on tour since 1986.

For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2010 PGA Tour.

Other leading European Tour events

For a complete list of European Tour results see 2010 European Tour.

Team events

  • 1–4 October: Ryder Cup - Europe win 14½-13½ after an unprecedented Monday finish following a weather affected tournament at Celtic Manor.

Tour leaders


Other tour results

Other happenings

Women's professional golf

LPGA majors

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

  • 22–25 July: Evian Masters - Korean Jiyai Shin won her seventh career LPGA Tour title by one shot and reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings from Japan's Ai Miyazato.

For a complete list of Ladies European Tour results see Ladies European Tour.

Additional LPGA Tour events

For a complete list of LPGA Tour results see 2010 LPGA Tour.

Money list leaders


Other happenings

  • 23 April – Lorena Ochoa, the world's top-ranked player, announced her retirement. The 28-year-old Ochoa, with two majors and 25 other LPGA tour wins, indicated that she wanted to raise a family and work with her charitable foundation. Her last regular event was the Tres Marias Championship, although she also said she would play in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, the tournament she hosts, in November in her hometown of Guadalajara.
  • 2 May – Jiyai Shin claimed the World Number One Ranking, surpassing Lorena Ochoa who had held the position for the previous 158 weeks. Shin's ascension came after she won the Cyber Agent Ladies event on the Japan LPGA Tour. It was her seventh victory worldwide in the previous two years, including three wins on the LPGA Tour. Ochoa, playing in her last LPGA tournament before her announced retirement would have had to finish in fourth place or higher to retain the Number One position; she finished sixth.
  • 9 May – The body of 25-year-old LPGA player and former University of Arizona standout Erica Blasberg was found in her Henderson, Nevada home with a plastic bag over her head. On 24 August, the Clark County Coroner ruled her death a suicide. The primary cause of death was asphyxia, with toxic levels of several prescription drugs a contributing factor.
  • 20 June – Jennifer Song, the current U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women's Amateur Golf champion, won her first tournament as a professional, the Futures Tour major Tate & Lyle Players Championship.
  • 21 June – Ai Miyazato took over the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings, succeeding Jiyai Shin who had held the title for the previous seven weeks. Miyazato won four of the first nine official LPGA tournaments in 2010.
  • 28 June - Cristie Kerr took over the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after winning the LPGA Championship by 12 strokes. She became the first American to hold the top spot since rankings began in 2006.
  • 19 July - Miyazato reclaimed the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
  • 26 July - Shin took back the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after her win in the Evian Masters.
  • 16 August - Kerr reclaimed the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
  • 23 August – Miyazato returned to number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings after winning the Safeway Classic.
  • 25 October - Kerr again regained her number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
  • 1 November - Shin took back her number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after LPGA Hana Bank Championship.
  • 21 November - Korean Ahn Sun-ju clinched the season money leader in LPGA of Japan Tour regardless of the outcome of the last remaining tournament, the Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup. She is the only non-Japanese golfer to be the season money leader after Taiwanese Ai-Yu Tu in 1991.

Senior men's professional golf

Senior majors

Full results

Money list leaders


Amateur golf

World Golf Hall of Fame inductees

The Hall inducted no class in 2010. On 22 July, it announced that it would move future induction ceremonies to May, on the Monday before The Players Championship. The next class would be inducted on 9 May 2011.[2]

Table of results

This table summarizes all the results referred to above in date order.

Dates Tournament Status or tour Winner
18-21 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship World Golf Championships England Ian Poulter
11-14 Mar WGC-CA Championship World Golf Championships South Africa Ernie Els
1-4 Apr Kraft Nabisco Championship LPGA major Taiwan Yani Tseng
8-11 Apr The Masters Men's major United States Phil Mickelson
6–9 May The Players Championship PGA Tour South Africa Tim Clark
18–21 May NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Purdue / Caroline Hedwall
20–23 May BMW PGA Championship European Tour England Simon Khan
27–30 May Senior PGA Championship Senior major United States Tom Lehman
1-6 Jun NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Augusta State / Scott Langley
11-13 Jun Curtis Cup United States v Great Britain & Ireland
women's amateur team event
 Team USA
14-19 Jun The Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament South Korea Jin Jeong
17-20 Jun U.S. Open Men's major Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell
24-27 Jun LPGA Championship LPGA major United States Cristie Kerr
8-11 Jul U.S. Women's Open LPGA major United States Paula Creamer
15-18 Jul The Open Championship Men's major South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
22-25 Jul Evian Masters Ladies European Tour major and
LPGA Tour regular event
South Korea Jiyai Shin
22-25 Jul Senior British Open Senior major Germany Bernhard Langer
29-1 Aug Women's British Open LPGA and Ladies European Tour major Taiwan Yani Tseng
29 Jul-1 Aug U.S. Senior Open Senior major Germany Bernhard Langer
5-8 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships United States Hunter Mahan
9-15 Aug U.S. Women's Amateur Amateur women's individual tournament United States Danielle Kang
12-15 Aug PGA Championship Men's major Germany Martin Kaymer
19-22 Aug JELD-WEN Tradition Senior major United States Fred Funk
23-29 Aug U.S. Amateur Amateur men's individual tournament United States Peter Uihlein
26-29 Aug The Barclays PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Matt Kuchar
4-7 Sep Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Charley Hoffman
3-6 Sep BMW Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Dustin Johnson
23-26 Sep The Tour Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Jim Furyk
1-3 Oct Ryder Cup Europe v United States
men's professional team event
Europe Team Europe
7-10 Oct Senior Players Championship Senior major United States Mark O'Meara
20-23 Oct Espirito Santo Trophy Women's amateur team event  South Korea
28-31 Oct Eisenhower Trophy Men's amateur team event  France
4-7 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions World Golf Championships Italy Francesco Molinari
25-28 Nov Dubai World Championship European Tour Sweden Robert Karlsson
2-5 Dec LPGA Tour Championship LPGA Tour Sweden Maria Hjorth

The following biennial events will next be played in 2011: Solheim Cup, Presidents Cup, Seve Trophy, Mission Hills World Cup, Walker Cup.


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