63 (Stacy Prammanasudh, Amy Hung, Angela Park, 2007;
Maria Hjorth, 2008; Yani Tseng, 2009;
Mika Miyazato, Lindsey Wright, 2010; Lexi Thompson, 2012)
1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
Sarah Jane Smith
So Yeon Ryu
Mi Jung Hur
Hee Young Park
Past Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic Winners
Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
Stacy Lewis (270) -- Lexi Thompson
Lexi Thompson (271) -- Tiffany Joh
Katherine Hull (269) -- Brittany Lincicome
Lorena Ochoa (270) -- Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang
*Lorena Ochoa (273) -- Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung
Maria Hjorth (274) -- Stacy Prammanasudh
* - Won in Playoff
NOTE:Formerly called Navistar LPGA Classic (2007-12).
Top Contenders in the Field
Sun Young Yoo
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brittany Lincicome
Darkhorse - Mi Jung Hur
Last Week's Pick to Win (So Yeon Ryu) - Disqualified
Last Week's Darkhorse (Line Vedel) - Finished tied for 61st
The LPGA Tour travels to Alabama this week for the Yokohama Tire LPGA
Classic. Two of the top-8 players in the world are in the field - world
No. 1 Stacy Lewis and world No. 8 Lexi Thompson.
Lewis currently leads the money list by $467,292 over fellow American Michelle
Wie. Lewis is the only player with three victories this season and is the only
player with more than $2 million in earnings. The 19-year-old Thompson claimed
her first major title in April at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
This week's event is being held at The Senator Course at Capitol Hill, which
is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. This tournament
returns after not being held in 2013. Lewis won the last time it was played in
2012, while Thompson finished second.
This is the final full-field event of the year in the United States. This
tournament is followed by six events in Asia and one in Mexico before the
CME Group Titleholders in Florida, which is not a full-field event.
In 2012, Lewis carded rounds of 66-70-65-69 to win by two strokes over
Thompson at 18-under-par 270. In 2011, the then 16-year-old Thompson became
the youngest winner in the 61-year history of the LPGA Tour. At 16 years,
seven months and eight days old, Thompson obliterated the former mark. Marlene
Hagge captured the 1952 Sarasota Open at 18 years, 14 days, but that was only
an 18-hole event. Paula Creamer won the 2005 Sybase Classic at the age of 18
years, nine months, 17 days -- the former LPGA Tour record for a full
tournament. Thompson finished at 17-under 271 and instead of the traditional
champagne and beer bath for first-time winners, Thompson was doused with water
on the 18th green. Lydia Ko broke Thompson's record for youngest winner when
she won the CN Canadian Women's Open in August, 2012 at 15 years old.
In 2010, Katherine Kirk birdied the 17th hole and shot a 5-under 67 in the
final round to win by one shot over Brittany Lincicome. Hull captured her
second win after the 2008 Canadian Women's Open. She finished at 19-under
269, making just one bogey in 72 holes. Her 269 broke Lorena Ochoa's
tournament record from 2009.
In 2009, Ochoa fired rounds of 66-68-66-70 to successfully defend her title.
Ochoa finished four strokes clear of Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang at
18-under-par 270. The victory in 2009 was Ochoa's 27th and final LPGA Tour
win, as she retired in 2010. In 2008, Ochoa parred both playoff holes to
defeat Candie Kung and Cristie Kerr.
The LPGA Tour heads to China in two weeks for the Reignwood LPGA Classic,
where Shanshan Feng won the title in 2013 in her home country.
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