LPGA - Kia Classic Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, March 26th through Sunday, March 29th|
|SITE: Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (1991)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 351 Yds||10 - Par 5 515 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 390 Yds||11 - Par 3 181 Yds|
|3 - Par 3 147 Yds||12 - Par 4 371 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 372 Yds||13 - Par 4 349 Yds|
|5 - Par 5 508 Yds||14 - Par 3 168 Yds|
|6 - Par 3 175 Yds||15 - Par 4 413 Yds|
|7 - Par 4 393 Yds||16 - Par 4 372 Yds|
|8 - Par 5 523 Yds||17 - Par 5 570 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 378 Yds||18 - Par 4 382 Yds|
|36 3,237 Yds||36 3,321 Yds|
|Annual: || 6th|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 6-9 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Anna Nordqvist|
|Runner-Up: || Lizette Salas|
|Tournament Record: || 274 (Yani Tseng, 2012)|
|54-Hole Record: || 204 (Jiyai Shin, 2011; Yani Tseng, 2012)|
|36-Hole Record: || 134 (Jiyai Shin, 2011)|
|Course Record: || 64 (Dori Carter, 2014)|
|18-Hole Record: || 64 (Jiyai Shin, 2011 - Industry Hills Golf Club)|
|Total Purse: || $1,700,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $255,000; 2nd Place - $158,182; 3rd Place - $112,625|
|Anna Nordqvist||275||Se Ri Pak||280|
|Lizette Salas||276||Eun-Hee Ji||280|
|Lexi Thompson||277||Inbee Park||280|
|Chella Choi||278||Stacy Lewis||280|
|Cristie Kerr||279||Five players at||281|
|Past Kia Classic Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2014||Anna Nordqvist (275) -- Lizette Salas|
|2013||*Beatriz Recari (279) -- I.K. Kim|
|2012||Yani Tseng (274) -- Sun Young Yoo|
|2011||Sandra Gal (276) -- Jiyai Shin|
|2010||Hee Kyung Seo (276) -- Inbee Park|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|So Yeon Ryu||---||---||T-43||T-33||T-55|
|Na Yeon Choi||T-14||T-5||T-18||T-13||T-61|
|Hyo Joo Kim||---||---||---||---||---|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Lydia Ko|
|Darkhorse - Ilhee Lee|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Finished 2nd|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Caroline Masson) - Finished tied for 74th|
The LPGA Tour travels to California this week for the Kia Classic at Aviara
Golf Club in Carlsbad. This is the seventh event of the LPGA Tour season, with
players from South Korea winning the first six tournaments. Na Yeon Choi won
the season-opening Coates Golf Championship in January; Sei Young Kim captured
the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in February; Lydia Ko won the ISPS Handa
Women's Australian Open in February; Amy Yang captured the Honda LPGA Thailand
in early March; Inbee Park won the HSBC Women's Champions three weeks ago; and
Hyo Joo Kim captured the JTBC Founders Cup last week.
The top 14 players in the world are in the field this week. Ko, the world No.
1, has finished in the top-7 in all five events she has played this season,
including a victory and two runner-up finishes. She has recorded nine straight
top-10 finishes dating back to last year.
American and world No. 3 Stacy Lewis will try to break through for the first
time this season. She has finished T-2, 3rd and 2nd in her last three starts.
The tournament is being held at Aviara Golf Club for the third straight year.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer designed the course, which opened for play in 1991.
The 2010 and 2012 events were played at La Costa Resort & Spa, while the 2011
tournament was staged at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms.
Last year, Anna Nordqvist carded two rounds of 67 on the weekend to claim a 1-
stroke victory over Lizette Salas. Nordqvist, who collected her fourth career
victory on the LPGA Tour and second of 2014, finished at 13-under-par 275.
Laura Diaz posted a hole-in-one at the sixth hole in the final round in 2014.
She also aced the third hole in the third round. Diaz became just the second
player in LPGA history to record two aces in one week. Jenny Lidback was the
first in 1997 at the Chrysler Plymouth TOC.
Yani Tseng fired rounds of 67-68-69-70 in 2012 to claim a 6-stroke victory
over Sun Young Yoo. She finished at 14-under-par 274 to capture her second
consecutive title, her third of the 2012 season and the 15th of her career.
Tseng established a new tournament record at 274. Tseng has not won a title
since winning here in 2012.
In 2011, Sandra Gal birdied the 72nd hole to capture her first career LPGA
Tour victory. Gal finished at 16-under-par 276 at Industry Hills Golf Club.
She became the second German to win on the LPGA Tour, joining Tina Fischer
(2001 Asahi Ryokuken International).
Hee Kyung Seo shot rounds of 70-67-69-70 in 2010 to cruise to a 6-stroke win
over Park. Seo, who played on a sponsor's invitation, finished at 12-under 276
for her first LPGA Tour win in her eighth start.
The LPGA Tour remains in California next week for the first major of the
season, the ANA Inspiration (formerly Kraft Nabisco Championship) in Rancho
Mirage, where American Lexi Thompson captured her first major title in 2014.
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