LPGA - Wegmans LPGA Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 7th through Sunday, June 10th
SITE: Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New York
COURSE ARCHITECT: Seymour Dunn (1927), Ron Prichard (1999-2000 - redesign)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,534
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 414 yds10 - Par 4 413 yds
2 - Par 4 337 yds11 - Par 5 511 yds
3 - Par 4 384 yds12 - Par 4 361 yds
4 - Par 5 532 yds13 - Par 4 386 yds
5 - Par 3 161 yds14 - Par 4 400 yds
6 - Par 4 439 yds15 - Par 3 150 yds
7 - Par 3 178 yds16 - Par 4 356 yds
8 - Par 5 466 yds17 - Par 5 478 yds
9 - Par 3 172 yds18 - Par 4 396 yds
35 3,083 yds37 3,451 yds
Annual:  58th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Yani Tseng
Runner-Up:  Morgan Pressel
Tournament Record (Par 71):  267 (Betsy King, 1992 - Bethesda Country Club)
Tournament Record (Par 72):  269 (Cristie Kerr, 2010; Yani Tseng, 2011 -
  Locust Hill Country Club)
54-Hole Record (Par 71):  199 (Annika Sorenstam, 2004 - DuPont Country Club)
54-Hole Record (Par 72):  203 (Cristie Kerr, 2010; Yani Tseng, 2011 -
  Locust Hill Country Club)
36-Hole Record (Par 71):  131 (Karrie Webb, 2001 - DuPont Country Club)
36-Hole Record (Par 72):  134 (Lorena Ochoa, 2008 - Bulle Rock Golf Course;
  Cristie Kerr, 2010 - Locust Hill Country Club)
18-Hole Tournament Record:  63 (Patty Sheehan, 1984 - Jack Nicklaus Golf Club;
  Meg Mallon, 1999 - DuPont Country Club)
Course Record:  63 (Patty Sheehan, 1992; Tammie Green, 1993)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $375,000; 2nd Place - $230,000; 3rd Place - $160,000
2011 Finish
Yani Tseng269Meena Lee282
Morgan Pressel279Stacy Lewis282
Paula Creamer280Maria Hjorth283
Cristie Kerr280Pat Hurst283
Suzann Pettersen280Mika Miyazato283
Azahara Munoz283
Past Wegmans LPGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Yani Tseng (269) -- Morgan Pressel
2010Cristie Kerr (269) -- Song-Hee Kim
2009Anna Nordqvist (273) -- Lindsey Wright
2008*Yani Tseng (276) -- Maria Hjorth
2007Suzann Pettersen (274) -- Karrie Webb
2006*Se Ri Pak (280) -- Karrie Webb
2005Annika Sorenstam (277) -- Michelle Wie (a)
2004Annika Sorenstam (271) -- Shi Hyun Ahn
2003*Annika Sorenstam (278) -- Grace Park
2002Se Ri Pak (279) -- Beth Daniel
2001Karrie Webb (270) -- Laura Diaz
2000*Juli Inkster (281) -- Stefania Croce
1999Juli Inkster (268) -- Liselotte Neumann
1998Se Ri Pak (273) -- Donna Andrews, Lisa Hackney
1997*Chris Johnson (281) -- Leta Lindley
1996#Laura Davies (213) -- Julie Piers
1995Kelly Robbins (274) -- Laura Davies
1994Laura Davies (279) -- Alice Ritzman
1993Patty Sheehan (275) -- Lauri Merten
1992Betsy King (267) -- JoAnne Carner, Karen Noble, Liselotte Neumann
1991Meg Mallon (274) -- Pat Bradley, Ayako Okamoto
1990Beth Daniel (280) -- Rosie Jones
1989Nancy Lopez (274) -- Ayako Okamoto
1988Sherri Turner (281) -- Amy Alcott
1987Jane Geddes (275) -- Betsy King
1986Pat Bradley (277) -- Patty Sheehan
1985Nancy Lopez (273) -- Alice Miller
1984Patty Sheehan (272) -- Beth Daniel, Pat Bradley
1983Patty Sheehan (279) -- Sandra Haynie
1982Jan Stephenson (279) -- JoAnne Carner
1981Donna Caponi (280) -- Jerilyn Britz, Pat Meyers
1980Sally Little (285) -- Jane Blalock
1979Donna Caponi (279) -- Jerilyn Britz
1978Nancy Lopez (275) -- Amy Alcott
1977Chako Higuchi (279) -- Pat Bradley, Sandra Post, Judy Rankin
1976Betty Burfeindt (287) -- Judy Rankin
1975Kathy Whitworth (288) -- Sandra Haynie
1974Sandra Haynie (288) -- JoAnne Carner
1973Mary Mills (288) -- Betty Burfeindt
1972Kathy Ahern (293) -- Jane Blalock
1971Kathy Whitworth (288) -- Kathy Ahern
1970* Shirley Englehorn (285) -- Kathy Whitworth
1969Betsy Rawls (293) -- Susie Berning, Carol Mann
1968* Sandra Post (294) -- Kathy Whitworth
1967Kathy Whitworth (284) -- Shirley Englehorn
1966Gloria Ehret (282) -- Mickey Wright
1965Sandra Haynie (279) -- Clifford A. Creed
1964Mary Mills (278) -- Mickey Wright
1963Mickey Wright (294) -- Mary Lena Faulk, Mary Mills, Louise Suggs
1962Judy Kimball (282) -- Shirley Spork
1961Mickey Wright (287) -- Louise Suggs
1960Mickey Wright (292) -- Louise Suggs
1959Betsy Rawls (288) -- Patty Berg
1958Mickey Wright (288) -- Fay Crocker
1957Louise Suggs (285) -- Wiffi Smith
1956* Marlene Hagge (291) -- Patty Berg
1955Beverly Hanson (220) -- Louise Suggs

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called LPGA Championship (1955-87), Mazda LPGA Championship
(1987-93), McDonald's LPGA Championship (1994-2009), LPGA Championship (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Yani Tseng------------------WonT-23T-19Won
Morgan Pressel------------T-6914thT-6mcT-72nd
Cristie KerrT-41T-34T-17T-33T-3T-18T-10T-31WonT-3
Suzann Pettersen---T-11mcT-49T-20WonT-34wdT-11T-3
Paula Creamer---------T-3T-49T-6T-10T-16T-42T-3
Stacy Lewis---------------------T-9T-14T-6
Azahara Munoz------------------------T-11T-8
Maria HjorthT-22mcmc71stT-39T-332ndT-23mcT-8
I.K. Kim---------------T-21mcT-16T-5T-12
Inbee Park---------------T-62T-46T-14T-7T-14
Karrie WebbT-4T-56T-39T-202nd2ndT-29T-49T-5T-20
Brittany Lincicome---------T-33T-49T-6T-34mcT-14T-20
Sun Young Yoo------------mcwdT-77T-49T-25T-20
Anna Nordqvist---------------------WonT-25T-25
Angela StanfordT-59T-27T-4T-16T-29T-33T-25T-5T-25T-30
Se Ri PakWonT-46T-17mcWonT-33T-46T-65mcT-34
Na Yeon Choi------------------T-188thmcT-43
Sophie GustafsonmcmcT-74mcT-44T-6mcT-16T-25T-57
Katherine Hull---------T-72mcT-62mcT-16T-34T-57
Laura DaviesmcmcT-42T-3T-65T-30mcwdT-47T-57
Stacy Prammanasudh------T-23T-33mcT-15T-46T-49T-64T-57
Natalie GulbisT-15T-20T-61T-5T-20---mcT-21T-25T-68
Michelle Wie---------2ndT-584th---T-23T-19T-72
Ai Miyazato------------T-3mcmc---T-3mc
Jessica Korda---------------------------mc
Lexi Thompson---------------------------mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Azahara Munoz
Darkhorse - Lexi Thompson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Karine Icher) - Finished tied for 12th
The second major of the year is here, as world No. 1 Yani Tseng goes for her fourth LPGA title of 2012 and sixth career major championship. Tseng, the 2008 and 2012 champion, finished third in the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Sun Young Yoo captured that tournament for her first career major.

Stacy Lewis is now the top American in the world at No. 3. She has two wins this year and her and Tseng are the only multiple winners in 2012. Lewis has finished in the top-five six times, winning two of her last three events.

Azahara Munoz of Spain is second on the money list to Tseng. She has made the cut in all 10 events she has played this year. Munoz has finished in the top-four in her last four events, winning the Sybase Match Play Championship.

American teen Lexi Thompson is in good form coming into this tournament. She has finished in the top-five in her last two events. The 17-year-old Thompson is ranked No. 21 in the world.

This is the third year that this event is being held at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York. The course hosted the Wegmans LPGA from 1977 to 2009.

Last year, Tseng carded rounds of 66-70-67-66 and ran away with a 10-stroke win over Morgan Pressel. She finished at 19-under-par 269, which tied Cristie Kerr's record from 2010 at Locust Hill Country Club for lowest score in relation to par in the tour's four major championships. With the victory, Tseng, 22, became the youngest golfer -- male or female -- to win four major championship titles.

In 2010, Kerr closed with a six-under 66 in the final round to claim a record-breaking 12-stroke win. Kerr finished at 19-under-par 269 and set the tournament mark for largest margin of victory. Kerr became the first American to win this title since Juli Inkster in 2000. She was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds in the 60s.

In 2009, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist tapped in a short birdie putt on the 18th hole in the final round to close out a four-stroke win over Lindsey Wright. Nordqvist carded a four-under 68 to finish the championship at 15-under-par 273. The Swede, ranked 214th in the world entering the championship, won her first LPGA Tour title in her fifth official LPGA Tour start.

Tseng, a 19-year-old rookie from Taiwan, made a birdie on the fourth playoff hole in 2008 to defeat Maria Hjorth. Tseng became the second-youngest woman to win a major championship and the first from Taiwan. Pressel was 18 when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Suzann Pettersen won her first major in 2007 by edging out Karrie Webb, atoning for her collapse at the first major of 2007, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. In that tournament, Pettersen gave away four shots in a three-hole stretch at the end of the final round, handing Pressel her first major instead.

In 2006, Se Ri Pak birdied the first playoff hole to knock off Webb for her fifth career major title and third LPGA Championship. When Pak completed her first round in 2007, she officially became the first South Korean to enter the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame. Pak earned the required number of points to qualify for the Hall of Fame in 2004 when she captured the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill.

Annika Sorenstam opened with rounds of 68-67-69 in 2005 to open a five-shot lead heading into the final round. She managed a one-over 73 on the final day to win her third straight LPGA Championship by three strokes over Michelle Wie. Sorenstam completed the event at 11-under-par 277. She won the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier in 2005 and became the first player since Pat Bradley in 1986 to win the season's first two majors. Sorenstam also became the first woman to win the same major three consecutive years. The one-over 73 snapped her run of 14 straight rounds in the 60s, an LPGA Tour record. Sorenstam is the all-time money leader at this event with $1,264,146 in earnings. She finished outside of the top-16 only once in 14 career appearances. Sorenstam finished tied for third in her final appearance in 2008.

When Webb captured the 2001 title, she became the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam. Webb established a new 36-hole record of 131. At the age of 26, Webb joined Mickey Wright, Louise Suggs, Pat Bradley and Juli Inkster as the only players to win four different majors in their LPGA careers. Sorenstam joined that impressive list in 2003 after winning the Women's British Open.

This tournament was previously held at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Maryland from 2005-09. The event was held at DuPont Country Club from 1994-2004, Bethesda Country Club from 1990-93 and Jack Nicklaus Golf Club from 1978-89. Prior to that, it was held at numerous venues.

There have been 13 multiple champions, led by four-time winner Wright. There have been six rookies who have captured this title - Marlene Hagge (1956), Sandra Post (1968), Nancy Lopez (1978), Pak (1998), Tseng (2008) and Nordqvist (2009).

The LPGA Tour moves to Canada in two weeks for the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario.

06/05 17:59:58 ET

As of June 5, 2012, at 06:00 PM ET
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