LPGA - ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
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DATES: Thursday, February 9th through Sunday, February 12th
SITE: Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Composite Course), Victoria, Australia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Dr. Alister MacKenzie, Alex Russell (1925, 1927)
PAR: 73
YARDAGE: 6,505
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 353 Yds10 - Par 4 386 Yds
2 - Par 5 502 Yds11 - Par 4 359 Yds
3 - Par 3 142 Yds12 - Par 5 478 Yds
4 - Par 4 367 Yds13 - Par 4 331 Yds
5 - Par 3 136 Yds14 - Par 4 403 Yds
6 - Par 4 310 Yds15 - Par 4 381 Yds
7 - Par 4 397 Yds16 - Par 3 174 Yds
8 - Par 5 474 Yds17 - Par 5 506 Yds
9 - Par 4 408 Yds18 - Par 4 398 Yds
36 3,089 Yds37 3,416 Yds
Annual:  21st (1st on LPGA Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et) - taped
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Yani Tseng
Runner-Up:  Melissa Reid, Eun Hee Ji, Jiyai Shin
Total Purse:  $1,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $165,000; 2nd Place - $100,458; 3rd Place - $72,875
2011 Finish
Yani Tseng276Sandra Gal286
Melissa Reid283Karrie Webb287
Eun-Hee Ji283Cindy LaCrosse287
Jiyai Shin283Katherine Hull287
Jennifer Song285Karen Stupples288
Nikki Campbell288
Past ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Yani Tseng (276) -- Melissa Reid, Eun-Hee Ji, Jiyai Shin
2010Yani Tseng (283) -- Laura Davies
2009Laura Davies (285) -- Tania Elosegui
2008*Karrie Webb (284) -- Jiyai Shin
2007Karrie Webb (278) -- Yun-Jye Wei
2006Not Held
2005Not Held
2004Laura Davies (283)
2003Mhairi McKay (277)
2002Karrie Webb (278)
2001Sophie Gustafson (276)
2000Karrie Webb (270)
1999Not Held
1998Marnie McGuire (280)
1997Jane Crafter (279)
1996Catriona Matthew (283)
1995Liselotte Neumann (283)
1994Annika Sorenstam (286)
1993Not Held
1992Not Held
1991Not Held
1990Not Held
1989Not Held
1988Not Held
1987Not Held
1986Not Held
1985Not Held
1984Not Held
1983Not Held
1982Not Held
1981Not Held
1980Not Held
1979Not Held
1978Debbie Austin (213)
1977Jan Stephenson (145)
1976Donna Caponi Young (206)
1975JoAnne Carner (228)
1974Chako Higuchi (219)

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Yani Tseng---WonWon
Eun-Hee Ji------T-2
Melissa ReidT-3T-16T-2
Jiyai Shin------T-2
Jennifer Song------5th
Sandra Gal---T-656th
Karrie WebbT-63rdT-7
Katherine HullT-6T-4T-7
Laura DaviesWon2ndT-15
Stacy Lewis---7thT-35
Giulia Sergas---T-4T-49
Lexi Thompson---T-16mc
Cristie Kerr---------
Brittany Lincicome---------
Suzann Pettersen---------
Morgan Pressel---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Suzann Pettersen
Darkhorse - Sandra Gal
Last Week's Pick to Win - Q-School (Mariajo Uribe) - Finished tied for 34th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Q-School (Stephanie Kim) - Withdrew after 3rd round
The 2012 LPGA Tour season kicks off this week with the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in Victoria, Australia. This is the first time that the LPGA Tour has played in Australia in over a decade. This is the 21st installment of this tournament but the first on the LPGA Tour.

Three of the top four players in the world are in the field - Yani Tseng (1), Suzann Pettersen (2) and American Cristie Kerr (4). Tseng is coming off an amazing year which saw her win seven times on the LPGA Tour and 12 times worldwide, including the Wegmans LPGA Championship and Women's British Open. She also captured the money title with over $2.9 million in earnings. Pettersen won two times in 2011 and finished fifth on the money list. Kerr did not win last year, but finished second on the money list due to three runner- up finishes and nine top-five finishes.

American teenage sensation Lexi Thompson is also in the field. Thompson became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic in September at 16 years old. She also became the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour history when she won the OMEGA Dubai Ladies Masters in December. Thompson will turn 17 years old on Friday.

The tournament this week will be played at historic Royal Melbourne Golf Club, which hosted the Presidents Cup in 1998 and 2011.

The LPGA Tour travels to Thailand next week for the Honda LPGA Thailand 2012, where Tseng will defend her title.

02/07 14:46:01 ET

As of February 7, 2012, at 02:46 PM ET
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