LPGA - Kingsmill Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 15th through Sunday, May 18th
SITE: Kingsmill Resort & Spa (River Course), Williamsburg, Virginia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (1975), Ed Ault (re-design),
         Curtis Strange (re-design), Pete Dye (re-design, 2004)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,379
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 373 yds10 - Par 4 405 yds
2 - Par 3 185 yds11 - Par 4 358 yds
3 - Par 5 485 yds12 - Par 4 396 yds
4 - Par 4 385 yds13 - Par 3 140 yds
5 - Par 3 160 yds14 - Par 4 374 yds
6 - Par 4 369 yds15 - Par 5 473 yds
7 - Par 5 525 yds16 - Par 4 405 yds
8 - Par 4 401 yds17 - Par 3 163 yds
9 - Par 4 400 yds18 - Par 4 382 yds
36 3,283 yds35 3,096 yds
Annual:  11th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9-11 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Lizette Salas
Runner-Up:  Sarah Jane Smith, Yani Tseng, Lexi Thompson
Tournament Record:  265 (Annika Sorenstam, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Paula Creamer, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Lorena Ochoa, 2009)
Course Record:  62 (Jiyai Shin, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
2014 Finish
Lizette Salas271Lydia Ko276
Sarah Jane Smith275Thidapa Suwannapura276
Yani Tseng275Four players at278
Lexi Thompson275
So Yeon Ryu276
Past Kingsmill Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Lizette Salas (271) -- Sarah Jane Smith, Yani Tseng, Lexi Thompson
2013*Cristie Kerr (272) -- Suzann Pettersen
2012*Jiyai Shin (268) -- Paula Creamer
2011Not Held
2010Not Held
2009Cristie Kerr (268) -- I.K. Kim
2008Annika Sorenstam (265) -- Allison Fouch, Karen Stupples, Jeong Jang,
Christina Kim
2007*Suzann Pettersen (274) -- Jee Young Lee
2006Karrie Webb (270) -- Hee-Won Han, Lorena Ochoa
2005Cristie Kerr (276) -- Jill McGill
2004Se Ri Pak (275) -- Juli Inkster, Lorena Ochoa
2003Grace Park (275) -- Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill (2003);
Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill (2004-09).

Top Contenders in the Field
Lizette SalasT-47T-17Won
Yani Tseng---T-24T-2
Lexi ThompsonT-14T-39T-2
Sarah Jane SmithmcT-64T-2
So Yeon Ryu---8thT-5
Lydia Ko-------T-5
Azahara MunozT-9T-32T-8
Suzann Pettersen---2ndT-12
Stacy LewisT-9T-5T-12
Cristie KerrmcWonT-29
Angela StanfordT-5T-5T-29
Hee Young ParkT-14T-46T-29
Ai MiyazatoT-7T-46T-50
Karrie Webb---T-24T-55
Paula Creamer2ndT-12mc
Inbee Park---7th---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Cristie Kerr
Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Morgan Pressel) - Finished tied for 13th
The LPGA Tour travels to the East Coast of the United States for the first time this season, as the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia takes place. This event returned to the LPGA schedule in 2012 after not being played since 2009. The top three players in the world are in the field - Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and American Stacy Lewis.

Ko and Park have each won twice this season and currently are first and second on the money list. Ko leads Park by $104,790 for the top spot. Lewis, who is still looking for her first win of 2015, has seven top-10's and three runner- up finishes in nine events.

The PGA Tour had played at Kingsmill Resort and Spa for 22 years prior to the LPGA's 2003 event here. The last time the LPGA had staged an event in Virginia prior to 2003 was the 1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh Classic, where Jennifer Wyatt became a first-time winner.

Only three miles downstream from the 1607 Jamestown Island settlement, Kingsmill's 17th hole is the course's signature hole. This hole was constructed on what was once the main port of entry for goods entering the Virginia colony. This par-3 hole runs along the edge of the James River. The teeing area is located adjacent to a 1775 fortification area which guarded the Customs House and the chief landing area serving Colonial Williamsburg throughout the 18th century. The 163-yard hole requires a tee shot across the valley into a long, narrow green guarded by a river on one side and a walnut tree on the other. It sits adjacent to the site of a tavern that served the 18th century sailors landing in colonial Virginia.

Last year, Lizette Salas posted rounds of 67-68-65-71 and won by four strokes over Sarah Jane Smith, Yani Tseng and Lexi Thompson. Salas, who won for the first time on the LPGA Tour, ended at 13-under-par 271.

In 2013, Cristie Kerr parred the second playoff hole to top Suzann Pettersen and win this event for the third time. Kerr carded rounds of 66-71-66-69 to finish the tournament at 12-under-par 272 with Pettersen. Kerr also won here in 2005 and 2009. She is the only 3-time winner of this event, in fact, no other player has won twice.

In 2012, Jiyai Shin 2-putted for par from 15 feet on Monday to finally defeat Paula Creamer on the ninth playoff hole, the 16th. After the tournament couldn't be decided after eight tries at the 18th hole Sunday, Shin and Creamer came back to Kingsmill Resort Monday morning. The duo finished at 16-under-par 268. It was the longest playoff in LPGA Tour history.

Annika Sorenstam fired four rounds in the 60s (64-66-69-66) to win in 2008. Sorenstam finished at 19-under-par 265 for a 7-stroke victory over Jeong Jang, Karen Stupples, Christina Kim and Allison Fouch. The win was Sorenstam's third and final victory of 2008. It would also be the final victory of her career, as she retired at the end of 2008 with 72 wins. Sorenstam established a new tournament record with her 265, breaking the old mark of 270 set by Karrie Webb in 2006.

In 2004, Se Ri Pak fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from four strokes behind and win by two shots over Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster. The victory qualified Pak for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame and she was inducted in 2007 following her 10th year of membership.

The LPGA Tour moves to New Jersey in two weeks for the Shoprite LPGA Classic, where Lewis will defend her title.

05/12 16:02:20 ET

As of May 12, 2015, at 04:02 PM ET