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2009 in golf

This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2009.

Men's professional golf

Major championships

  • 9–12 April: The Masters - Argentina's Ángel Cabrera won his second major in a sudden death playoff over Kenny Perry (second hole) and Chad Campbell (eliminated on first playoff hole).
  • 18–22 June: U.S. Open - In a tournament plagued by rain, causing most of the final round to be played on Monday, American Lucas Glover won his first major by two shots over fellow Americans Ricky Barnes, David Duval, and Phil Mickelson.
  • 16–19 July: The Open Championship - In a return to Turnberry, the site of one of his legendary 1977 win, 59-year-old Tom Watson led for much of the tournament before losing to fellow-American Stewart Cink in a four hole playoff. Tiger Woods missed the cut — his second missed cut in a major as a professional.
  • 13–16 August: PGA Championship - South Korean Y.E. Yang became the first Asian-born player to win a men's major championship, winning by three shots over Tiger Woods. This marked the first time that Woods failed to win a major after holding the third-round lead.

World Golf Championships

FedEx Cup playoff events - see 2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs

Other leading PGA Tour events

For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2009 PGA Tour.

Other Leading European Tour events

For a complete list of European Tour results see 2009 European Tour.

Team events

  • 24–27 September: Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros - Team Great Britain & Ireland defeated Team Continental Europe 16½–11½. This was the fifth consecutive win for Team GB&I.
  • 8–11 October: Presidents Cup - The U.S. Team defeated the International Team 19½–14½. This was the Americans' third consecutive win.

Tour leaders


Other tour results

Other happenings

  • 22 February: 18-year-old New Zealander Danny Lee became the second amateur golfer to win a European Tour event, at the Johnnie Walker Classic. Lee also became the youngest ever winner on the European Tour.[2]
  • 8 September: 17-year-old Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa beat Rory McIlroy's record as the youngest ever golfer to reach the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
  • 27 November: Tiger Woods was involved in an early morning car accident close to his Orlando, Florida home. A media storm subsequently developed around the circumstances of the accident and newspaper allegations that Woods had been having an extra-marital affair. Woods pulled out of his Chevron World Challenge tournament and admitted to 'transgressions' and apologised for letting his family down. Subsequently, after multiple women came forward alleging to have had affairs with Woods, he announced on 11 December that he would be taking an indefinite leave from competitive golf, and admitted to marital infidelity.

Women's professional golf

LPGA majors

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

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 LPGA Tour.

Team events

  • 21–23 August: Solheim Cup - Team USA won the Cup for the third straight meeting with a 16–12 victory over Team Europe.

Money list leaders


Other happenings

  • 13 July: LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens resigned under pressure from players after four years in the job. Marsha Evans was named interim commissioner while a search was undertaken for a permanent replacement.[3]
  • 28 October: The LPGA Tour announced that Michael Whan had been hired as its new commissioner.[4]
  • 18 November: The LPGA announced that the 2010 LPGA Championship will be sponsored by Wegmans in Rochester, New York, in place of that city's annual Wegmans LPGA tour stop. The LPGA Championship used to be sponsored by McDonald's and took place in eastern Maryland.

Senior men's professional golf

Senior majors

Full results

Money list leaders

Amateur golf

World Golf Hall of Fame inductees

Table of results

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

Dates Tournament Status or tour Winner
26 Feb-1 Mar WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship World Golf Championships Australia Geoff Ogilvy
12-15 Mar WGC-CA Championship World Golf Championships United States Phil Mickelson
2-5 Apr Kraft Nabisco Championship LPGA major United States Brittany Lincicome
9-12 Apr The Masters Men's major Argentina Ángel Cabrera
7–10 May The Players Championship PGA Tour Sweden Henrik Stenson
19–22 May NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Arizona St. / María Hernández
21–24 May BMW PGA Championship European Tour England Paul Casey
21–24 May Senior PGA Championship Senior major United States Michael Allen
27–30 May NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Texas A&M / Matt Hill
11-14 Jun LPGA Championship LPGA major Sweden Anna Nordqvist
14-20 Jun The Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament Italy Matteo Manassero
18-21 Jun U.S. Open Men's major United States Lucas Glover
9-12 Jul U.S. Women's Open LPGA major South Korea Eun-Hee Ji
16-19 Jul The Open Championship Men's major United States Stewart Cink
23-26 Jul Evian Masters Ladies European Tour major and
LPGA Tour regular event
Japan Ai Miyazato
23-26 Jul Senior British Open Senior major United States Loren Roberts
30 Jul-2 Aug Women's British Open LPGA and Ladies European Tour major Scotland Catriona Matthew
30 Jul-2 Aug U.S. Senior Open Senior major United States Fred Funk
3-9 Aug U.S. Women's Amateur Amateur women's individual tournament United States South Korea Jennifer Song
6-9 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships United States Tiger Woods
13-16 Aug PGA Championship Men's major South Korea Y.E. Yang
20-23 Aug JELD-WEN Tradition Senior major United States Mike Reid
21-23 Aug Solheim Cup United States v Europe
women's professional team event
 Team USA
24-30 Aug U.S. Amateur Amateur men's individual tournament South Korea An Byeong-hun
27-30 Aug The Barclays PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Heath Slocum
4-7 Sep Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Steve Stricker
10-13 Sep BMW Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Tiger Woods
12-13 Sep Walker Cup Great Britain & Ireland v United States
men's amateur team event
 Team USA
17-20 Sep Samsung World Championship LPGA Tour South Korea Na Yeon Choi
24-27 Sep The Tour Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Phil Mickelson
24-27 Sep Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros Great Britain & Ireland v Europe
men's professional team event
United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Team Great Britain & Ireland
1-4 Oct Senior Players Championship Senior major United States Jay Haas
8-11 Oct Presidents Cup USA v International
men's professional team event
 U.S. Team
3-6 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions World Golf Championships United States Phil Mickelson
19-22 Nov Dubai World Championship European Tour England Lee Westwood
19-23 Nov LPGA Tour Championship LPGA Tour Sweden Anna Nordqvist

The following biennial events will next be played in 2010: Ryder Cup, Curtis Cup, Espirito Santo Trophy.


  1. ^ No comeback player of year in '09
  2. ^ "Dream Win for a Dazzling Danny". Asian Tour. 2009-02-22. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  3. ^ Bivens resigns post after four years as LPGA commissioner
  4. ^ LPGA Tour names Whan commissioner

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