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DATES: Thursday, September 20th through Sunday, September 23rd
SITE: RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill (Senator Course), Prattville, Alabama
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1999)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,460
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 395 yds10 - Par 5 528 yds
2 - Par 3 165 yds11 - Par 4 400 yds
3 - Par 4 346 yds12 - Par 4 391 yds
4 - Par 4 367 yds13 - Par 3 159 yds
5 - Par 5 511 yds14 - Par 4 358 yds
6 - Par 4 385 yds15 - Par 4 389 yds
7 - Par 3 167 yds16 - Par 3 147 yds
8 - Par 5 453 yds17 - Par 5 515 yds
9 - Par 4 376 yds18 - Par 4 408 yds
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36 3,165 yds36 3,295 yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-5 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Runner-Up:  Tiffany Joh
Tournament Record:  269 (Katherine Hull, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Cristie Kerr, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Stacy Prammanasudh, 2007)
Course Record:  63 (Stacy Prammanasudh, Amy Hung, Angela Park, 2007;
  Maria Hjorth, 2008; Yani Tseng, 2009;
  Mika Miyazato, Lindsey Wright, 2010)
Total Purse:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Lexi Thompson271Meena Lee279
Tiffany Joh276Stacy Lewis279
Angela Stanford277Jenny Shin280
Karen Stupples278Morgan Pressel280
Brittany Lang278Jennifer Johnson280
 
Past Navistar LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Lexi Thompson (271) -- Tiffany Joh
2010Katherine Hull (269) -- Brittany Lincicome
2009Lorena Ochoa (270) -- Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang
2008*Lorena Ochoa (273) -- Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung
2007Maria Hjorth (274) -- Stacy Prammanasudh

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20072008200920102011
Lexi Thompson------T-27T-16Won
Tiffany Joh------------2nd
Angela StanfordT-7------T-583rd
Brittany LangT-53T-70T-2T-29T-4
Stacy Lewis---mcT-57mcT-6
Brittany Lincicomemc------2ndT-18
Maria HjorthWonT-11T-6mcT-23
Amy Yang------T-61T-5T-25
Yani Tseng---T-6T-4---T-25
Suzann PettersenT-11---------T-25
Katherine HullT-38T-11T-23WonT-34
Azahara Munoz---------T-20T-51
Michelle Wie------T-2---T-68
Sun Young YooT-25mcT-37T-16mc
So Yeon Ryu---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - So Yeon Ryu
Darkhorse - Julieta Granada
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Catriona Matthew) - Finished tied for 10th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to Alabama this week for the Navistar LPGA Classic. The top two players on the money list are in the field - Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis. Park leads Lewis by $92,434 for the top spot. Park finished second last week to Jiyai Shin at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Park has finished in the top 10 in eight straight events, winning the Evian Masters. She has placed in the top three in four straight tournaments. This week's event is being held at The Senator Course at Capitol Hill, which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.

Last year, 16-year-old Lexi Thompson became the youngest winner in the 61-year history of the LPGA Tour. At 16 years, seven months and eight days old, Thompson obliterated the former mark. Marlene Hagge captured the 1952 Sarasota Open at 18 years, 14 days, but that was only an 18-hole event. Paula Creamer won the 2005 Sybase Classic at the age of 18 years, nine months, 17 days -- the former LPGA Tour record for a full tournament. Thompson finished at 17- under 271 and instead of the traditional champagne and beer bath for first- time winners, Thompson was doused with water on the 18th green. Amateur Lydia Ko already broke Thompson's record for youngest winner when she won the CN Canadian Women's Open in August at 15 years old.

In 2010, Katherine Hull birdied the 17th hole and shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to win by one shot over Brittany Lincicome. Hull captured her second win after the 2008 Canadian Women's Open. She finished with a 19-under 269, making just one bogey in 72 holes. Her 269 broke Lorena Ochoa's tournament record from 2009.

In 2009, Ochoa fired rounds of 66-68-66-70 to successfully defend her title. Ochoa finished four strokes clear of Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang at 18-under-par 270. The victory in 2009 was Ochoa's 27th and final LPGA Tour win, as she retired in 2010. In 2008, Ochoa parred both playoff holes to defeat Candie Kung and Cristie Kerr.

In 2007, Maria Hjorth birdied the 17th hole from off the green in the final round to move past Ochoa and Stacy Prammanasudh and win the first Navistar LPGA Classic. Hjorth posted a 5-under 67 in the final round to finish the event at 14-under-par 274. It was Hjorth's third LPGA Tour win and first since 1999 when she won both the Safeco Classic and the Mizuno Classic.

The LPGA Tour heads to Malaysia in three weeks for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, where Na Yeon Choi won the title in 2011.

09/18 16:45:43 ET

As of September 18, 2012, at 04:45 PM ET

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