Meet the top seven LPGA winners in 2022

Maja Stark became the seventh first-time LPGA winner this season with her five-time triumph at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland. The win qualified Stark, a former Oklahoma State standout, for immediate LPGA membership.

Stark has now won seven times in the world since turning pro last summer.

Two of the seven first-time winners – Jennifer Kupcho and Ashleigh Buhai – won majors. Last week Buhai became the 44th player to become a first Rolex winner in a major tournament.

The record for most first-time winners in a season is 11, set in 1995. In 2018, there were 10: Jin Young Ko, Pernilla Lindberg, Moriya Jutanugarn, Annie Park, Nasa Hataoka, Thidapa Suwannapura , Georgia Hall, Marina Alex, Nelly Korda and Gaby Lopez.

Here’s a look at the seven debutants in 2022:

Jennifer Kupcho – United States

Jennifer Kupcho of the United States celebrates with the Dinah Shore Trophy after winning the Chevron Championship at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa on April 3, 2022 in Rancho Mirage, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The first woman to lift a trophy at Augusta National may have become the last woman to make the leap into Poppie’s Pond at the Chevron Championship.

Jennifer Kupcho broke through with her first major championship win, then followed it up with victories at the Meijer LPGA Classic and the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, with Solheim Cup partner Lizette Salas.

Leona Maguire – Ireland

2022 LPGA Drive On Championship Leona Maguire of Ireland imitates a ‘selfie’ as she poses with the trophy after winning the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony Golf & Country Club on February 5, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire headed for the LPGA Drive On Championship tied with Marina Alex, and a 67th final round helped her make history as the first Irish woman to win on the LPGA.

Maguire led Europe to victory with 4.5 points at the 2021 Solheim Cup. A four-year-old at Duke, she spent a record 135 weeks atop the world amateur golf rankings.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen – Denmark

Nanna Koerstz Madsen Nanna Koerstz Madsen poses with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the Honda LPGA Thailand Final Round at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course on March 13, 2022 in Pattaya, Thailand. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Nanna Koerstz Madsen started the final round in Thailand with an eagle and ended her day the same way, draining a 10-foot putt on the second playoff hole against Xiyu “Janet” Lin to secure her first LPGA title. Koerstz Madsen became the first Danish player to win on tour.

Koerstz Madsen set a new record of 26 under 262 at the Honda LPGA Thailand. The following week, she found herself in another playoff.

Atthaya Thitikul – Thailand

Atthaya Thitikul reacts on the final hole of the final day of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club in Pattaya on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Thai prodigy Atthaya Thitikul closed with an 8-under 64 round of the week on Sunday at Aviara Golf Club to fight his way to a playoff with Denmark’s Koerstz Madsen at the JTBC Classic.

Rookie Thitikul, who made history by winning his first LET title at age 14, prevailed on the second hole of the playoffs, earning his first LPGA win in just his fifth start in 2022.

Ayaka Furue – Japan

Women's Trust Golf Scottish Open Ayaka Furue of Japan poses on the 18th green with the trophy as she wins the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald Links Golf Course on July 31, 2022, in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Japan’s Ayaka Furue torched Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland on Sunday, setting a course and tournament record of 10 under 62 to overcome a four-stroke deficit and claim her first LPGA victory at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open .

Furue, a seven-time winner in Japan, became the second LPGA rookie to win on tour this season.

Ashleigh Buhai – South Africa

Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa poses with the AIG Women’s Open trophy on the eighteenth green after winning the playoff to become the 2022 AIG Women’s Open Champion on day four of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 7, 2022, in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

South African Ashleigh Buhai earned her 221st LPGA start and it was well worth the wait. Buhai became the first professional woman to win in the historic Muirfield at the AIG Women’s British Open.

After a late triple bogey on Sunday threatened to end her chances, the 33-year-old powered a spectacular back-and-forth par for an intimidating bunker on the fourth playoff hole to finally defeat the triple major In Gee Chun winner as skies darkened in Scotland.

Maja Stark – Sweden

Maja Stark of Sweden reacts after playing the 13th hole during day four of the ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by AVIV Clinics at Galgorm Castle and Massereene Golf Clubs on August 14, 2022 in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland . (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Maja Stark put in a supreme performance on Sunday that earned her first LPGA title and seventh world title since turning pro last August. The former Oklahoma State standout closed with a course-best 63 at the ISPS Handa World Invitational to win by five and become a member of the LPGA. The 22-year-old Swede had 10 birdies in the final round.

Stark is leading the race to the Costa del Sol on the LET.

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