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DATES: Thursday, April 26th through Sunday, April 29th
SITE: Magnolia Grove Golf Course (Crossings Course), Mobile, Alabama
         (Part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail)
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1991, 2009)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,521
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 395 Yds10 - Par 4 380 Yds
2 - Par 3 180 Yds11 - Par 4 398 Yds
3 - Par 4 350 Yds12 - Par 4 376 Yds
4 - Par 5 528 Yds13 - Par 5 529 Yds
5 - Par 4 392 Yds14 - Par 3 149 Yds
6 - Par 5 488 Yds15 - Par 4 390 Yds
7 - Par 4 385 Yds16 - Par 5 485 Yds
8 - Par 3 159 Yds17 - Par 3 165 Yds
9 - Par 4 370 Yds18 - Par 4 402 Yds
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36 3,247 Yds36 3,274 Yds
 
Annual:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Maria Hjorth
Runner-Up:  Song-Hee Kim
Tournament Record:  277 (Angela Stanford, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  203 (Se Ri Pak, Brittany Lincicome, Suzann Pettersen, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  135 (Cristie Kerr, 2008; Se Ri Pak, 2010)
Course Record:  64 (Danielle Downey, 2008)
Total Purse:  $1,250,000
Shares:  1st Place - $187,500; 2nd Place - $114,156; 3rd Place - $82,813
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Maria Hjorth278Katherine Hull283
Song-Hee Kim280Amy Yang283
Suzann Pettersen281Hee Kyung Seo283
Na Yeon Choi281Four players at284
Stacy Lewis282
 
Past Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Maria Hjorth (278) -- Song-Hee Kim
2010*#Se Ri Pak (203) -- Brittany Lincicome, Suzann Pettersen
2009Not Held
2008Angela Stanford (277) -- Shanshan Feng

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather-Shortened

Note:Formerly called Bell Micro LPGA Classic (2008-10),
Avnet LPGA Classic (2011).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200820102011
Maria HjorthT-28mcWon
Song-Hee KimT-258th2nd
Suzann PettersenT-10T-2T-3
Na Yeon Choi---T-4T-3
Stacy LewisT-28mc5th
Shanshan Feng2ndT-10T-9
Angela StanfordWon9thT-13
Morgan Pressel---T-26T-16
Anna Nordqvist------T-19
Sun Young YooT-28T-10T-23
Cristie KerrT-10T-16T-23
Brittany LincicomemcT-2T-37
Karrie Webb---T-12T-37
Paula CreamerT-16---T-60
Azahara Munoz---T-4T-69
Meena LeemcT-33---
So Yeon Ryu---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Sun Young Yoo
Darkhorse - Azahara Munoz
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Yani Tseng) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Se Ri Pak) - Not in final field
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to Alabama this week for the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. This event is being held at Magnolia Grove Golf Course, which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Five of the top 10 players in the world are in the field - Na Yeon Choi (2), Suzann Pettersen (3), Cristie Kerr (4), Stacy Lewis (9) and Paula Creamer (10).

The LPGA Tournament of Champions was held at Magnolia Grove from 1999-2007. Some of the past winners of that tournament were: Karrie Webb, Pak, Lorena Ochoa and Creamer. Christina Kim, Webb, Creamer, Angela Stanford and Maria Hjorth are players who have won on Magnolia Grove playing this week.

Last year, Hjorth posted a five-under in the final round to come from behind and win. Hjorth finished at 10-under 278 and won by two strokes over third-round co-leader Song-Hee Kim, who managed a one-under 71 in the final round.

In 2010, Se Ri Pak made birdie from a fairway bunker to win a three-way playoff at the rain-shortened event. Pak outlasted Brittany Lincicome and Pettersen in the playoff to capture her 25th career LPGA Tour victory. With the victory, her first since the 2007 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Pak moved to 6-0 all-time in playoffs on the LPGA Tour.

The 2009 classic was not held that year, as the venue for the tournament underwent significant enhancements in the neighborhood of $5.1 million. In addition, the date was changed to a spring date.

Stanford captured the 2008 tournament when it became the first full-field, LPGA Tour event at Magnolia Grove Golf Course. Despite a final round of 73, Stanford edged Shanshan Feng by one shot.

The LPGA Tour heads to Brazil next week for the HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup in Rio de Janeiro, where Mariajo Uribe won the 2011 tournament.

04/24 15:43:30 ET

As of April 24, 2012, at 03:43 PM ET

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