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DATES: Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24th
SITE: Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
COURSE ARCHITECT: Steve Young (2001)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,354
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 377 yds10 - Par 4 342 yds
2 - Par 4 379 yds11 - Par 4 355 yds
3 - Par 3 170 yds12 - Par 3 154 yds
4 - Par 4 402 yds13 - Par 4 414 yds
5 - Par 5 503 yds14 - Par 4 402 yds
6 - Par 5 522 yds15 - Par 4 378 yds
7 - Par 4 417 yds16 - Par 4 383 yds
8 - Par 4 328 yds17 - Par 3 183 yds
9 - Par 3 174 yds18 - Par 5 471 yds
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36 3,272 yds36 3,082 yds
 
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
 
Past Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Na Yeon Choi5 LPGA wins, 4 top-10's in 2012, World No. 3
Paula Creamer9 LPGA wins, 2 top-10's in 2012, World No. 11
Shanshan FengWon LPGA Championship, 5th on money list, World No. 4
Cristie Kerr14 LPGA wins, 2 top-10's in 2012, World No. 8
I.K. Kim3 LPGA wins, 2 top-10's in 2012, World No. 9
Stacy Lewis2 wins in 2012, 2nd on money list, World No. 2
Ai MiyazatoWon LPGA LOTTE Championship, 8 LGPA wins, World No. 6
Azahara MunozWon Sybase Match Play Championship, 3rd on money list
Suzann PettersenT-2 at LPGA Championship, 8 LPGA wins, World No. 5
Angela StanfordWon HSBC Women's Champions, 5 LPGA wins
Lexi ThompsonWon 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic, 2 top-5's in 2012
Sun Young YooWon Kraft Nabisco Championship, World No. 12

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis
Darkhorse - Karrie Webb
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Azahara Munoz) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Lexi Thompson) - Finished tied for 30th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to Canada this week for the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. Five of the top six players in the world are in the field - Stacy Lewis (2), Na Yeon Choi (3), Shanshan Feng (4), Suzann Pettersen (5) and Ai Miyazato (6).

Lewis is currently the top American golfer in the world at No. 2. World No. 1 Yani Tseng (3) and Lewis (2) are the only players with multiple victories in 2012. Lewis trails Tseng on the money list by $147,838. If she wins this week, Lewis would pass Tseng for the top spot on the money list and pass the $1 million mark in earnings on the season. Lewis has been on fire lately, with four straight top 5 finishes, including two victories. She has seven top 5 finishes on the season, which is the most on tour.

The tournament is being held at Grey Silo Golf Course. The course was designed by Steve Young and opened in 2001.

The LPGA Tour heads to Arkansas next week for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, where Tseng has captured the last two titles.

06/19 16:25:45 ET

As of June 19, 2012, at 04:25 PM ET

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