May 20, 2022
7 Notable Players Who Just Earned Their 2022 LPGA Tour Tickets |  Golf news and tour information

The two weeks of the LPGA Tour Q-Series that ended on Sunday could become the two longest weeks in women’s golf. Players compete against each other over eight tournament rounds in an attempt to earn LPGA Tour status for the coming year, with the Top 45 and Ties making that dream come true (those outside of the Top 20 also receive the Symetra Tour Status).

That collective sigh you hear from Highland Oaks in Dothan, Ala. It’s the ones at the top of the leaderboard who breathe out. The higher you graduate in the Q-Series, the better your position on the priority list for 2022. And the higher you are on the priority list, the more LPGA Tour starts you will get.

South Korea’s Na Rin An won the Q-Series medalists, overtaking Pauline Roussin-Bouchard in the final round with a final round of 66. Here’s more on An and six notable players who earned LPGA status for 2022:

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Well Rin An

Q-Series Finish: Victory (33-under 541)

Q-Series was the second time for the 25-year-old in the USA. For the past four seasons she has played on the Korean LPGA Tour, which she won twice. She played in the 2021 BMW Ladies Championship, an LPGA Tour event held in her home country, and pulled out a T-3. “I enjoy traveling to different countries, and I also look forward to playing with players I could only see on TV,” An said after receiving her card.

Atthaya Thitkul

Q-Series Finish: Third (26-under 548)

Thitkul will be an LPGA rookie in 2022, but she entered the Q-Series at # 18 in the world. In May, the 18-year-old Thai received a sponsorship waiver for the Honda LPGA Thailand and finished second, one stroke behind winner Ariya Jutanugarn. She played the 2021 season on the Ladies European Tour, where she finished in the top 5 eleven times, including two wins to win both Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards. Her performance on the LET earned her a start in the Evian Championship and she took full advantage of the opportunity to finish fifth.

Emily Kristine Pedersen

Q-Series Finish: T-14 (12-under 562)

Pedersen’s career started quickly. When she was only 12 years old, she joined the Danish national team in 2008. In 2014 she turned pro at the age of 18. A year later she was named LET Rookie of the Year. Two years later, Pedersen played on the LPGA Tour and made it into the European Solheim Cup team. But being excluded in three games in Des Moines was a blow to her confidence. She lost her LPGA status after the 2018 season and struggled to get good results on her return to the LET. In 2020, things finally started to turn when she took four LET victories. Last summer she also changed her relationship with the Solheim Cup by playing 3-1-0 for a victorious European team at Inverness Club.

Hinako Shibuno

Q-Series Finish: T-20 (10-under 564)

The 2019 AIG Women’s Open marked the first time the Japanese-born player played outside of her home country. She shocked the golf world and herself by winning the major championship. While Shibuno had the option to accept full LPGA Tour status after the win, they turned it down and instead returned to Japan to continue playing on the Japanese LPGA Tour. After earning her card almost two and a half years later, Shibuno will finally start her LPGA tour career.

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Liz Nagel

Q-Series Finish: T-32 (six-under 568)

Nagel wrote about her trip in a first-person story for Golf Digest two weeks ago when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the state of Michigan. After the tumor was removed and the treatments, Nagel was told by doctors that she was cancer-free. Although she still has days where she is extremely exhausted from the cancer and treatments, she has been playing professionally since 2015. She had two top 20 finishes on the LPGA Tour in 2021, with her 17th place at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland being her best LPGA Tour finish.

Gina Kim

Q-Series Finish: T-35 (five-under 569)

Getting LPGA Tour status is a little more complicated for Kim than it is for most of the other top 45 players: Kim is an amateur (one of four who earn tickets on Sundays) who is wrapping up her senior season at Duke. The 21-year-old is faced with a decision: will she become a professional straight away? Or will she postpone her tour card until she finishes her season in May so that she can compete for the Blue Devils for a full four years? The difficulty of going pro in May is that she participates in the tour roughly halfway through the season, which leaves fewer opportunities to earn the points needed to keep her card.

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Mariah stack house

Q-Series Finish: T-41 (four-under 570)

Stackhouse turned pro in 2017 after graduating from Stanford where she was a four-time All-American. She is the seventh African American woman to receive an LPGA tour card. Since starting her LPGA Tour career in 2017, Stackhouse has had five top 10 career results, but 2021 was a tough year for Stackhouse; she only made three cuts, forcing her back to the Q-Series.

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