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DATES: Friday, August 17th through Sunday, August 19th
SITE: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Ghost Creek Golf Course), North Plains, Oregon
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Cupp (1991)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,552
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 399 Yds10 - Par 5 495 Yds
2 - Par 4 398 Yds11 - Par 3 175 Yds
3 - Par 3 169 Yds12 - Par 4 414 Yds
4 - Par 5 522 Yds13 - Par 4 386 Yds
5 - Par 3 184 Yds14 - Par 3 205 Yds
6 - Par 4 371 Yds15 - Par 5 540 Yds
7 - Par 4 409 Yds16 - Par 3 139 Yds
8 - Par 5 507 Yds17 - Par 4 334 Yds
9 - Par 5 474 Yds18 - Par 4 431 Yds
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37 3,433 Yds35 3,119 Yds
 
Annual:  41st
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Runner-Up:  Na Yeon Choi
Tournament Record:  199 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002; Beth Daniel, 2003)
Total Purse:  $1,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $225,000; 2nd Place - $136,988; 3rd Place - $99,375
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Suzann Pettersen *207Ryann O'Toole210
Na Yeon Choi207Brittany Lang211
Hee Young Park208Ai Miyazato212
Paula Creamer209Stacy Lewis212
Vicky Hurst210Three players at213

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Safeway Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Suzann Pettersen (207) -- Na Yeon Choi
2010Ai Miyazato (205) -- Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi
2009*M.J. Hur (203) -- Suzann Pettersen, Michele Redman
2008*Cristie Kerr (203) -- Helen Alfredsson, Sophie Gustafson
2007Lorena Ochoa (204) -- Sophie Gustafson, Mhairi McKay, Christina Kim,
Inbee Park
2006Pat Hurst (206) -- Kim Saiki, Jeong Jang
2005Soo-Yun Kang (201) -- Jeong Jang
2004*Hee-Won Han (207) -- Lorie Kane
2003Annika Sorenstam (201) -- Beth Daniel
2002Annika Sorenstam (199) -- Kate Golden
2001Not held due to tragedies of September 11th
2000*Mi Hyun Kim (215) -- Jeong Jang
1999Juli Inkster (207) -- Tina Barrett, Grace Park
1998Danielle Ammaccapane (204) -- Emilee Klein
1997Chris Johnson (206) -- Kim Saiki, Lisa Hackney
1996Dottie Pepper (202) -- Chris Johnson
1995Alison Nicholas (207) -- Kelly Robbins
1994Missie McGeorge (207) -- Betsy King
1993Donna Andrews (208) -- Missie McGeorge, Tina Barrett
1992*Nancy Lopez (209) -- Jane Crafter
1991Michelle Estill (208) -- Rosie Jones
1990Patty Sheehan (208) -- Danielle Ammaccapane
1989Muffin Spencer-Devlin (214) -- Nancy Lopez, Tammie Green, Susan Sanders,
Dawn Coe-Jones
1988Betsy King (213) -- Colleen Walker
1987Nancy Lopez (210) -- Kelly Leadbetter, Muffin Spencer-Devlin,
Jan Stephenson
1986Ayako Okamoto (207) -- Colleen Walker, Nancy Lopez
1985Nancy Lopez (215) -- Lori Garbacz
1984Amy Alcott (212) -- Kathy Baker
1983*JoAnne Carner (212) -- Charlotte Montgomery
1982*Sandra Haynie/Kathy McMullen (196) -- Sharon Barrett/Nancy Rubin,
Lori Garbacz/Patti Rizzo
1981*Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (203) -- JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin
1980Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (195) -- Janet Alex/Judy Clark
1979Nancy Lopez/Jo Ann Washam (198) -- Susie Berning/Carole Jo Skala
1978*Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (203) -- Murle Breer/Barbara Moxness
1977*JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin (202) -- Betty Burfeindt/Pam Higgins
1976*Donna Caponi (217) -- Clifford Ann Creed
1975Jo Ann Washam (215) -- Sandra Haynie
1974JoAnne Carner (211) -- Donna Caponi
1973#Kathy Whitworth (144) -- Sandra Palmer
1972Kathy Whitworth (212) -- Sandra Haynie

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Safeway LPGA Golf Championship (1996-2000), Ping-AT&T
Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship (1995), Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship (1986-94), Portland Ping Championship (1983-85), Portland Team Championship (1977-82), Portland Classic (1972-76).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Suzann PettersenT-34T-24mc---------T-17T-2T-4Won
Na Yeon Choi------------------T-17T-45T-22nd
Paula Creamer---------T-33T-18T-12T-6wdmc4th
Ai Miyazato------------T-25mcmcT-4WonT-8
Stacy Lewis---------------------T-27T-16T-8
Yani Tseng------------------mcT-34T-45T-13
Anna Nordqvist---------------------7thT-65T-13
Jiyai Shin---------------------T-65T-6T-18
Sophie GustafsonT-18T-6T-69T-28---T-2T-2T-27T-41T-18
Azahara Munoz------------------------mcT-18
Song-Hee Kim---------------T-22T-17T-34T-4T-31
Inbee Park---------------T-2T-36mcT-23T-31
Beth BaderT-18mcT-53mcT-75T-7mcT-20T-45T-31
Cristie KerrT-133rdwdmc---T-17WonT-20T-2T-40
Hee-Won HanT-34T-17WonT-10T-14---5thmcT-63T-40
Karrie WebbT-7T-17T-10T-18T-7T-28T-11mcT-55T-47
Mi Jung Hur---------------------WonmcT-53
Meena Lee---------mcT-7T-72wdT-49T-55T-61
Michelle Wie---T-28---------mc---T-4T-37T-68
I.K. Kim---------------80th---mcT-6mc
Angela Stanford---T-11T-15mc---T-12T-44T-8T-23mc
Morgan Pressel------------T-7T-50T-60T-34mcmc
Shanshan Feng------------------T-36T-16------
So Yeon Ryu------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Beatriz Recari
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Paula Creamer) - Finished tied for 31st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ilhee Lee) - Finished tied for 67th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to Oregon this week for the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. The top 22 players on the money list are in the field. World No. 2 Stacy Lewis currently leads the money list by more than $120,000 over Ai Miyazato. World No. 1 Yani Tseng is third, more than $206,000 behind Lewis. Tseng has missed the cut in three of her last four events and has not had a top 10 finish since May. Lewis, Miyazato and Tseng are the only multiple winners on tour this year. Tseng has three wins, while Lewis and Miyazato have two.

This marks the fourth year that this event is being held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Pumpkin Ridge boasts two courses, the Witch Hollow and the Ghost Creek layouts. The USGA awarded Pumpkin Ridge with several events over the years, including the 1997 and 2003 U.S. Women's Open and the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship. From 1991-2008 the tournament was held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

This tournament, which was a team event for six years from 1977-82, was dominated by Donna Caponi and Kathy Whitworth. The duo titled three times, including back-to-back years in 1980-81. The tournament has raised over $16 million for local children's charities in Oregon through the Safeway Foundation since 1972.

Last year, Suzann Pettersen parred the first playoff hole to defeat Na Yeon Choi. Pettersen fired a 7-under 64 in the final round, then waited more than two hours as the remainder of the field finished their rounds. Choi, the second-round leader, was nine strokes ahead of Pettersen to start the day, but closed with a 2-over 73 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Choi's bogey on the final hole of regulation forced the playoff as the duo ended 54 holes at 6-under-par 207. Pettersen's 64 was the low round of the final day by three strokes.

In 2010, Ai Miyazato charged in front with a 66 in the first round and led wire-to-wire, winning by two strokes over Cristie Kerr and Choi. She finished at 11-under-par 205 and won her fifth title of 2010. It was the first time she won in wire-to-wire fashion on the LPGA Tour.

In 2009, M.J. Hur birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Pettersen and Michele Redman to win her first LPGA Tour title.

Lorena Ochoa collected her third win a row on the LPGA Tour in 2007 when she cruised to a five-shot victory. Ochoa only needed a one-under 71 in the final round, after firing 67-66 on the first two days, to post a 12-under-par 204 total. Ochoa captured the Women's British Open and the Canadian Women's Open for the first two wins of her streak.

Soo-Yun Kang was the only player to shoot three rounds in the 60s (64-68-69) in 2005, as she won wire-to-wire. Kang ended the three-day tournament at 15- under-par 201 for a 4-stroke victory over Jeong Jang, the first of her career.

When Annika Sorenstam won in 2002, she set three new marks en route to victory. Trailing by two after round one, Sorenstam carded a course-record 62 to take a 3-shot lead into the final round. Sorenstam's total of 131 set the new 36-hole record, breaking the previous mark of 132 set by Danielle Ammaccapane in 1998. Her 199 total set a new tournament record, breaking the previous mark of 202 set by Dottie Pepper in 1996. With her win in 2003, Sorenstam joined Kathy Whitworth as the only players to win this tournament two straight years. Sorenstam posted six top-10 finishes in her nine appearances.

The LPGA Tour heads north of the border next week for the CN Canadian Women's Open, where Brittany Lincicome captured the 2011 title.

08/15 19:48:18 ET

As of August 15, 2012, at 07:48 PM ET

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