The Lexus Cup is an annual golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by a team representing Asia and an international team representing the rest of the world. It is sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, but any winnings are unofficial and are not included in the LPGA money list standings.
The title sponsor is Lexus, a luxury automobile maker. It was one many new team golf tournaments founded on the model of the Ryder Cup since that tournament became a star attraction in golf in the 1980s. In women's golf it complements the Solheim Cup, which is contested by teams from United States and Europe.
The inaugural Cup was held 9-11 December 2005, with a total purse of US$960,000 ($50,000 to each member of the winning team and $30,000 to members of the losing team).
In 2005, the two team captains were chosen early in the year and selected the players that made up their respective teams. Starting in 2006 a qualifying system was used, with each team composed of the top four players from the Rolex Women's World Ranking, the top four remaining players from the ADT Official Money List, two sponsor's picks, and two captain's picks.
The tournament is a series of match play matches played over three days, Friday through Sunday, with each golfer playing every day. The Friday schedule has six foursomes matches; Saturday has six four-balls; and 12 singles matches are played on Sunday. This is a format modified from the Presidents Cup. If the scores are tied at the end of the singles matches, the captains compete in a sudden-death playoff.
A foursomes match is a competition between two teams of two golfers. The golfers on the same team take alternate shots on each hole with the same ball, with one golfer teeing off on all odd-numbered holes and the other teeing off on even-numbered holes. Each hole is won by the team that completes the hole in the fewest shots. A fourball match is also a competition between two teams of two golfers, but all four golfers play their own balls throughout the round rather than alternating shots, and each hole is won by the team whose individual golfer has the lowest score. A singles match is a standard matchplay competition between two golfers.
|Year||Dates||Venue||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Captains|
|2008||Nov. 28-30||Singapore Island Country Club
|International||12½||11½||Asia|| Se Ri Pak|
|2007||Dec. 7-9||The Vines Golf and Country Club
|Asia||15||9||International|| Se Ri Pak|
|2006||Dec 15-17||Tanah Merah Country Club
|Asia||12½||11½||International|| Grace Park|
|2005||Dec 9-11||Tanah Merah Country Club
|International||16||8||Asia|| Grace Park|
- Solheim Cup
- Handa Cup