One surprising thing happened in women’s golf as Japan’s Ai Miyazato won the Ladies European Tour money list after winning just one tournament.
The Japanese golfer competed in just two tournaments on the Ladies European Tour, claiming the Evian Masters trophy and failing to make the cut at the Women’s British Open. But since the Evian Masters winner’s paycheck is bigger than any other LET tournament purse, the $487,500 prize was enough for the 26-year-old to beat anybody else on the LET Tour money title, including Carolina Hedwall and Melissa Reid.
Hedwall won four events out of twenty while Reid claimed victory in 19 tournaments. The money list winner had mixed feelings about receiving the award herself, though she confessed to being happy.
However, her victory would not be possible if Yani Tseng decided to become a LET member this season. Women’s world number one Yani Tseng won four out of five events co-sanctioned by the Ladies’ European Tour. She automatically qualified for becoming a LET member after winning Women’s British Open last year, but preferred to turn down her membership, opting for playing on the LPGA Tour instead.
At the end of the season, Tseng topped the LPGA Tour money list by having earned $2.9 million, more than the combined earnings of the two golfers behind her.
The Ladies’ European Tour does not have a minimum requirement of tournaments. If the PGA European Tour for men did not have this requirement, Tiger Woods would have topped its money list five times. But so far, the only player who has managed to complete a money list double is Luke Donald.