The LPGA Tour Championship, in full the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex, was the season-ending women's professional golf tournament on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. After two seasons it was discontinued, replaced by the CME Group Titleholders in 2011.
The tournament was created in 2009 to replace the ADT Championship, which was discontinued after ADT decided not to extend its sponsorship.〔
〕 The LPGA Tour Championship was not considered an extension of the ADT and its inaugural edition was in 2009.〔
==Stanford Financial and SEC action==
In November 2008 Stanford Financial was announced as the new sponsor of the tournament with a purse of $2 million. On February 17, 2009 the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Stanford chairman Allen R. Stanford in an $8 billion investment fraud scheme, and the Houston offices of Stanford Financial were raided and the firm's assets were frozen. In response to this action, the LPGA issued a statement that it was "monitoring developments regarding the situation."〔
On May 26, 2009, the LPGA announced that the tournament would still take place, without a sponsor and with the purse lowered to $1.5 million.〔
The tournament would be known as the LPGA Tour Championship. In September, Rolex was added as the presenting sponsor.〔
〕 The 2009 tournament was played at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club in Richmond, Texas, southwest of Houston.
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