2008 LPGA Tour Year in Review
Annika Sorenstam opened the 2008 LPGA Tour season with a two-shot win at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
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Rookie Yani Tseng, playing in only her third major championship, became the youngest winner of the LPGA Championship, when she beat Maria Hjorth in a four-hole playoff.
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Inbee Park became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Open by closing with a 2-under 71.
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Michelle Wie was one shot off the lead going into the final round of the State Farm Classic, but she was disqualified after it was discovered she didn't sign her scorecard after the second round. Wie did not make enough money to earn a Tour card, and she was forced to enter LPGA qualifying school.
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Ji-Yai Shin, a 20-year-old South Korean, won her first major at the Women's British Open.
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In August, the LPGA Tour created a public relations nightmare when it was announced players would be suspended if they failed to learn English. The Tour eventually backed off from threatening suspensions after several lawmakers and sponsors protested the new policy.
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Ochoa won the Navistar LPGA Classic for her seventh win of the year.
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Creamer beat Song-Hee Kim by a stroke at the Samsung World Championship.
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Morgan Pressel birdied the final hole to win the inaugural Kapalua Classic by one stroke, her first win since the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
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Sorenstam capped her historic career at the ADT Championship. Unfortunately, it wasn't the finish she wanted. Sorenstam missed the cut, then the LPGA Tour made her take a drug test for the second time in two weeks.
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Ochoa won her third-straight Sybase Classic. It was her sixth win in nine starts.
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Sorenstam shocked the golfing world before the start of the Sybase Classic when she announced she will retire at the end of the season to focus on other interests in her life. "I have other priorities," she said. "A lot of dreams I want to follow. I'm getting married next January, and I want to start a family and continue to build the Annika brand of businesses, including my academy, my foundation, and my golf course design projects."
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Sorenstam was sprayed with beer after winning the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill Resort & Spa.
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Paula Creamer birdied four of the final five holes to win by one at the Fields Open in Hawaii.
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The Tour moved to Singapore where Lorena Ochoa nabbed her first win of the year at the HSBC Women's Champions. The Tour's three biggest stars -- Ochoa, Sorenstam and Creamer -- would combine to win 11 of the first 12 events of the season.
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Creamer won by two shots at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
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Ochoa won the Safeway International by five shots.
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Ochoa took a dip in the lake surrounding the 18th green after winning the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
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The following week, Ochoa became the second-youngest player to qualify for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame when she won the Corona Championship by 11 strokes. She must remain on tour until 2012 to be eligible for induction.
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Ochoa then became the first player in 45 years to win four tournaments in consecutive weeks with her three-stroke victory at the Ginn Open.
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Creamer's putt stopped just short in a playoff against Sorenstam in the Stanford International Pro-Am.
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Creamer found herself in another playoff the next week at the SemGroup Championship. Creamer won this time, beating Juli Inkster on the second hole.
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Ji-Yai Shin won the ADT Championship, plus the $1 million prize.• Return to 2008 Year-in-Review Homepage
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