LPGA - ShopRite LPGA Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, May 29th through Sunday, May 31st
SITE: Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club (Bay Course), Galloway, New Jersey
COURSE ARCHITECT: Hugh Wilson (1914), Donald Ross (1915),
         Robert Cupp Jr. (restoration, 1998)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,155
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 345 yds10 - Par 4 352 yds
2 - Par 4 420 yds11 - Par 3 179 yds
3 - Par 5 484 yds12 - Par 4 320 yds
4 - Par 4 360 yds13 - Par 4 405 yds
5 - Par 4 301 yds14 - Par 4 419 yds
6 - Par 4 393 yds15 - Par 3 204 yds
7 - Par 3 185 yds16 - Par 4 377 yds
8 - Par 4 319 yds17 - Par 3 115 yds
9 - Par 5 476 yds18 - Par 5 501 yds
37 3,283 yds34 2,872 yds
Annual:  27th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 1-3:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Runner-Up:  Christina Kim
Tournament Record:  196 (Annika Sorenstam, 1998, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Amy Benz, 1996; Denise Killeen, 2004; Stacy Lewis, 2012;
  Stacy Lewis, 2014)
Course Record:  62 (Laura Davies, Jimin Kang, 2005; Jennifer Johnson, 2014)
Total Purse:  $1,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $225,000; 2nd Place - $136,988; 3rd Place - $99,375
2014 Finish
Stacy Lewis197Jennifer Johnson204
Christina Kim203Julieta Granada205
Haeji Kang204Five players at206
Anna Nordqvist204
Gerina Piller204
Past ShopRite LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Stacy Lewis (197) -- Christina Kim
2013Karrie Webb (209) -- Shanshan Feng
2012Stacy Lewis (201) -- Katherine Hull-Kirk
2011Brittany Lincicome (202) -- Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin
2010Ai Miyazato (197) -- M.J. Hur
2009Not Held
2008Not Held
2007Not Held
2006Seon Hwa Lee (197) -- Jeong Jang, Annika Sorenstam, Sherri Steinhauer
2005Annika Sorenstam (196) -- Juli Inkster
2004Cristie Kerr (202) -- Paula Creamer, Giulia Sergas
2003Angela Stanford (197) -- Becky Morgan
2002Annika Sorenstam (201) -- Carin Koch, Kate Golden, Juli Inkster
2001Betsy King (201) -- Lorie Kane
2000Janice Moodie (203) -- Pat Hurst, Grace Park
1999Se Ri Pak (198) -- Trish Johnson
1998Annika Sorenstam (196) -- Juli Inkster
1997Michelle McGann (201) -- Annika Sorenstam
1996Dottie Pepper (202) -- Amy Benz
1995Betsy King (204) -- Rosie Jones, Beth Daniel
1994Donna Andrews (207) -- Michelle Estill
1993Shelley Hamlin (204) -- Judy Dickinson, Amy Benz, Beth Daniel
1992*Anne-Marie Palli (207) -- Laura Davies
1991Jane Geddes (208) -- Cindy Schreyer, Amy Alcott
1990Chris Johnson (275) -- Pamela Wright
1989Nancy Lopez (209) -- Chris Johnson, Vicki Fergon
1988*Juli Inkster (206) -- Beth Daniel
1987Betsy King (207) -- Nancy Lopez
1986Juli Inkster (209) -- Patti Rizzo

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Atlantic City Classic (1986-91).

Top Contenders in the Field
Stacy LewisT-14mcWonT-58Won
Christina KimT-53mcT-49T-182nd
Anna NordqvistT-12T-5T-5T-13T-3
Karrie WebbT-8T-8T-23WonT-8
Shanshan FengT-22mcT-292ndT-8
Inbee Park3rd---T-18T-38T-8
Azahara MunozT-16mcT-3T-53T-8
Na Yeon ChoiT-59T-52T-12T-18T-13
Suzann PettersenT-4---T-18mcT-13
Brittany LincicomeT-72WonT-29---T-19
Michelle WieT-46T-26mcT-9T-23
Paula Creamer7thT-33T-8T-13T-23
Karine IcherT-8---T-12T-28T-23
Ai MiyazatoWonT-20T-10T-18T-38
Yani TsengT-147thT-12T-69T-38
Catriona MatthewT-164thT-59mcT-38
Cristie KerrT-22T-2T-40T-13T-52
I.K. Kim---T-5T-25T-5T-64
Lexi ThompsonmcmcT-5mcT-66
Amy YangT-53T-15T-12------
Hyo Joo Kim---------------
Minjee Lee---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Lexi Thompson
Darkhorse - Candie Kung
Last week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Finished tied for 16th
Last week's Darkhorse (Cristie Kerr) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The LPGA Tour heads to New Jersey this week for the ShopRite LPGA
Classic. Four of the top-5 players in the world are in the field - Inbee Park (2), Stacy Lewis (3), Hyo Joo Kim (4) and Shanshan Feng (5).

Park has two victories this season and has six top-10 finishes in 10 events. Her worst finish this year was a tie for 18th at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Park is currently second on the money list, trailing world No. 1 Lydia Ko by nearly $105,000.

Defending champion Lewis is still looking for her first title of the season. Lewis has recorded seven top-10's in 10 events, including three runner-up finishes.

Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club hosted this event the first two years of its existence, followed by Greate Bay Resort and Country Club the next 10 years, before returning to Seaview in 1998.

Last year, Lewis carded rounds of 67-63-67 to roll to a 6-stroke victory over Christina Kim. Lewis collected her 10th career win on the LPGA Tour at 16-under-par 197. With the win, Lewis reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the world from Park. Park had been the top-ranked golfer in the world for 59 weeks prior to this event last year. Lewis also won this tournament in 2012.

Ai Miyazato collected the fourth of her five LPGA Tour titles here in 2010, and the victory moved her to No. 1 in the world rankings at the time. Miyazato fired a 7-under 64 in the final round to come from behind for the win. She finished at 16-under 197 and won the title by two shots.

Seon Hwa Lee fired an 8-under 63 in the final round of 2006's version to come from behind and earn her first LPGA Tour title. She finished at 16-under-par 197 for a 3-shot victory over Jeong Jang, Annika Sorenstam and Sherri Steinhauer.

Sorenstam eagled the final hole on the last day to cap a round of 7-under 64 in 2005 and earned her third title at this event. Sorenstam completed 54 holes at 17-under-par 196, matching her tournament record from 1998.

Juli Inkster, a 2-time winner of this tournament, has finished in the top 10 13 times. Betsy King has finished in the top 10 seven times, including three wins. King gained entrance into the LPGA Hall of Fame with her win here in 1995.

There have been six wire-to-wire winners, the last being Angela Stanford in 2003. There have been only two playoffs in tournament history, the last coming in 1992 when Anne-Marie Palli defeated Laura Davies on the first playoff hole.

The LPGA Tour moves north of the border to Canada next week for the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ontario, where Inbee Park will defend her title.

05/26 16:17:42 ET

As of May 26, 2015, at 04:18 PM ET