2011 in golf

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This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2011.

Men's professional golf

Major championships

World Golf Championships

FedEx Cup playoff events – see 2011 FedEx Cup Playoffs

Other leading PGA Tour events

For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2011 PGA Tour.

Leading European Tour events

For a complete list of European Tour results see 2011 European Tour.

Team events

  • 7–9 January: Royal Trophy – Team Europe defeated Team Asia 9–7 for its second consecutive win and fourth in the event's five editions.
  • 15–18 September: Vivendi Seve Trophy – Team Great Britain and Ireland defeated team Continental Europe, 15½ to 12½, for the sixth consecutive time.
  • 17–20 November: Presidents Cup – The American team defeated the International team 19–15. It was the fourth consecutive win in this event for the Americans.
  • 24–27 November: Omega Mission Hills World Cup – The American team of Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland won giving the United States their 24th win in the World Cup.

Tour leaders


Other tour results

Other happenings

Women's professional golf

LPGA majors

  • 31 March – 3 April: Kraft Nabisco Championship – American Stacy Lewis defeated defending champion and current world number one Yani Tseng by three strokes to claim her first professional win.
  • 23–26 June: Wegmans LPGA ChampionshipYani Tseng from Taiwan won by 10 strokes over American Morgan Pressel. It was Tseng's third LPGA Tour win in 2011 and her seventh professional win of the year. If was also Tseng's fourth career major win, which made her the youngest golfer, male or female, in the modern era to win four majors.
  • 7–10 July: U.S. Women's OpenSo Yeon Ryu of South Korean defeated compatriot Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff. It was Ryu's first win in an LPGA Tour event.
  • 28–31 July: Ricoh Women's British Open – Yani Tseng defended her title with a four-stroke win over American Brittany Lang. The win made Tseng the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships.

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

For a complete list of Ladies European Tour results see 2011 Ladies European Tour.

Additional LPGA Tour events

For a complete list of LPGA Tour results, see 2011 LPGA Tour.

Team events

  • 23–25 September: Solheim Cup – Europe reclaimed the Cup by a score of 15–13. It was the first win for Europe since 2003 and Europe's fourth victory in the 12-tournament history of the Solheim Cup.

Money list leaders


Other tour results

Other happenings

  • 14 February – Yani Tseng moved to number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings, surpassing Jiyai Shin who had held the position for the previous 15 weeks. Tseng's move to number one came after winning back-to-back events in Australia on the ALPG Tour and Ladies European Tour.
  • 26 June – After winning the LPGA Championship for her fourth career major, 22-year-old Yani Tseng became the youngest player, male or female, in the modern era to win four majors.
  • 20 July – The LPGA announced that the Evian Masters will become that tour's fifth major starting in 2013. The tournament will move to September, becoming the season's last major, and would be renamed "The Evian".[3] (The tournament would later be slightly renamed as "The Evian Championship".)
  • 18 September – 16-year-old Lexi Thompson won the Navistar LPGA Classic, becoming the youngest player to win an LPGA tournament. She broke the previous record for multi-round tournament that was set by 18-year-old Paula Creamer in 2005.[4]

Senior men's professional golf

Senior majors

Full results

Money list leaders


Amateur golf

Other happenings

World Golf Hall of Fame inductees

On 22 July 2010, the Hall of Fame announced that it would move future induction ceremonies from October/November to May, on the Monday before The Players Championship. The 2011 class was inducted on 9 May:[5][6][7][8]


  • 1 January — Billy Joe Patton (born 1922), amateur golfer who almost won the 1954 Masters Tournament
  • 20 February — Betty Hicks (born 1920), 1941 U.S. Women's Amateur winner, LPGA co-founder
  • 21 February — Bob Boyd (born 1955), PGA Tour and European Seniors Tour golfer
  • 4 March — Frank Chirkinian (born 1926), American TV producer credited as the "father of televised golf" and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee
  • 8 April — Sam Urzetta (born 1926), 1950 U.S. Amateur winner
  • 18 April — Mason Rudolph (born 1934), five-time PGA Tour winner
  • 7 May — Seve Ballesteros (born 1957), Spanish Hall of Fame golfer; winner of two Masters and three Open Championships
  • 11 July — Alex Hay (born 1933), Scottish golf broadcaster and club pro
  • 24 August — Paul Harney (born 1929), six-time PGA Tour winner
  • 28 August — Cesar Sanudo (born 1943), PGA Tour winner
  • 27 September — Dave Hill (born 1937), 13-time PGA Tour winner
  • 1 October — Sven Tumba (born 1931), Swedish professional golfer, golf course architect, and promoter
  • 14 October — Adam Hunter (born 1963), European Tour winner
  • 3 December — James A. Barclay (born 1923), golf historian, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member
  • 22 December — Bettye Danoff (born 1923), LPGA co-founder
  • 28 December — Teruo Sugihara (born 1937), 28-time Japan Golf Tour winner

Table of results

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

Dates Tournament Status or tour Winner
7–9 Jan Royal Trophy Europe v Asia
men's professional team event
23–27 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship World Golf Championships England Luke Donald
10–13 Mar WGC-Cadillac Championship World Golf Championships United States Nick Watney
31 Mar – 3 Apr Kraft Nabisco Championship LPGA major United States Stacy Lewis
7–10 Apr The Masters Men's major South Africa Charl Schwartzel
5–8 May Regions Tradition Senior major United States Tom Lehman
12–15 May The Players Championship PGA Tour South Korea K. J. Choi
17–21 May NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships U.S. college championship UCLA / Austin Ernst
26–29 May BMW PGA Championship European Tour England Luke Donald
26–29 May Senior PGA Championship Senior major United States Tom Watson
31 May – 5 Jun NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Augusta State / John Peterson
13–18 Jun The Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament Australia Bryden Macpherson
16–19 Jun U.S. Open Men's major Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
23–26 Jun Wegmans LPGA Championship LPGA major Taiwan Yani Tseng
7–10 Jul U.S. Women's Open LPGA major South Korea So Yeon Ryu
14–17 Jul The Open Championship Men's major Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
21–24 Jul Evian Masters Ladies European Tour major and
LPGA Tour regular event
Japan Ai Miyazato
21–24 Jul The Senior Open Championship Senior major United States Russ Cochran
28–31 Jul Ricoh Women's British Open LPGA and Ladies European Tour major Taiwan Yani Tseng
28–31 Jul U.S. Senior Open Senior major United States Olin Browne
4–7 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships Australia Adam Scott
8–14 Aug U.S. Women's Amateur Amateur women's individual tournament United States Danielle Kang
11–14 Aug PGA Championship Men's major United States Keegan Bradley
18–21 Aug Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Senior major United States Fred Couples
22–28 Aug U.S. Amateur Amateur men's individual tournament United States Kelly Kraft
25–28 Aug The Barclays PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Dustin Johnson
2–5 Sep Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Webb Simpson
10–11 Sep Walker Cup Great Britain & Ireland v United States
men's amateur team event
United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland
15–18 Sep Vivendi Seve Trophy Great Britain & Ireland v Continental Europe
men's professional team event
United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland
15–18 Sep BMW Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff England Justin Rose
22–25 Sep The Tour Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Bill Haas
23–25 Sep Solheim Cup Europe v United States
women's professional team event
3–6 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions World Golf Championships Germany Martin Kaymer
17–20 Nov CME Group Titleholders LPGA Tour South Korea Hee Young Park
17–20 Nov Presidents Cup International v United States
men's professional team event
 United States
24–27 Nov Omega Mission Hills World Cup Men's professional national team event  United States
8–11 Dec Dubai World Championship European Tour Spain Álvaro Quirós

The following biennial events will next be played in 2012: Ryder Cup, Curtis Cup, Eisenhower Trophy, Espirito Santo Trophy.


  1. No comeback player award this season
  2. "Sunshine Tour announces major coup for SA golf" (Press release). Sunshine Tour. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "LPGA Adds The Evian as a Major Championship in 2013" (Press release). LPGA. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Lexi Thompson wins Navistar Classic". ESPN. Associated Press. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Moves to May 2011" (Press release). World Golf Hall of Fame. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Class of 2011 Candidates & Ballot Results" (Press release). World Golf Hall of Fame. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "CBS television legend Frank Chirkinian joins World Golf Hall of Fame's 2011 Class" (Press release). World Golf Hall of Fame. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Els, five others complete journey into Hall of Fame". pgatour.com. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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Women's tours' official sites


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