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DATES: Friday, October 19th through Sunday, October 21st
SITE: Sky 72 Golf Club (Ocean Course), Incheon, South Korea
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2005)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,364
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 383 yds10 - Par 4 373 yds
2 - Par 4 377 yds11 - Par 4 360 yds
3 - Par 3 147 yds12 - Par 3 175 yds
4 - Par 4 327 yds13 - Par 5 553 yds
5 - Par 5 476 yds14 - Par 4 403 yds
6 - Par 4 341 yds15 - Par 4 323 yds
7 - Par 5 524 yds16 - Par 4 377 yds
8 - Par 3 174 yds17 - Par 3 148 yds
9 - Par 4 403 yds18 - Par 5 500 yds
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36 3,152 yds36 3,212 yds
 
Annual:  11th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Yani Tseng
Runner-Up:  Na Yeon Choi
Tournament Record:  200 (Grace Park, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  134 (Soo-Jin Yang, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Gloria Park, 2003 - Nine Bridges Golf Club)
Course Record:  65 (Yani Tseng, Soo-Jin Yang, Yeon-Ju Jung, 2011)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $168,366; 3rd Place - $119,250
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Yani Tseng202Meena Lee206
Na Yeon Choi203Five players at208
Brittany Lincicome205
Jimin Kang205
Soo-Jin Yang205
 
Past LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Yani Tseng (202) -- Na Yeon Choi
2010Na Yeon Choi (206) -- Vicky Hurst
2009Na Yeon Choi (206) -- Yani Tseng, Maria Hjorth
2008Candie Kung (210) -- Katherine Hull
2007#Suzann Pettersen (141) -- Eun-Hee Ji
2006Jin Joo Hong (205) -- Jeong Jang
2005Jee Young Lee (211) -- Carin Koch, Mi Hyun Kim
2004Grace Park (200) -- Annika Sorenstam, Carin Koch
2003Shi Hyun Ahn (204) -- Gloria Park, Se Ri Pak, Laura Davies, Grace Park
2002Se Ri Pak (213) -- Carin Koch
2001Tournament was canceled in the aftermath of September 11th

# - Weather-Shortened

Note:Formerly called CJ Nine Bridges Classic (2001-05), KOLON-Hana Bank
Championship (2006), Hana Bank KOLON Championship (2007-09).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Yani Tseng---------------------T-2---Won
Na Yeon Choi---------T-14T-11T-8T-22WonWon2nd
Brittany Lincicome------------------------T-35T-3
Meena Lee---------T-51T-63T-8T-58T-15T-316th
Jiyai Shin------------T-4T-23T-176thT-4T-7
Brittany Lang------------T-25T-31T-9T-7T-56T-13
Shanshan Feng------------------T-38------T-13
Eun-Hee Ji---------------2nddqT-29T-50T-25
Azahara Munoz------------------------T-31T-25
Cristie KerrT-60------------T-8---T-44T-12T-35
Michelle Wie---69th------------------T-12T-35
Hee-Won HanT-18T-33T-26T-10T-13---T-3T-34T-18T-40
So Yeon Ryu------------------T-46T-29T-12T-44
Katherine Hull---------60th------2ndT-37T-12T-50
Stacy Lewis---------------------T-37T-12T-50
Inbee Park---------------T-40T-38T-77th62nd
Suzann Pettersen---T-6------T-9WonT-34---T-4T-63
Se Ri PakWonT-2T-11---3rdT-18T-17T-7---dq
Ai Miyazato------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Catriona Matthew
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jiyai Shin) - Finished tied for 38th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Paula Creamer) - Finished tied for 6th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to the Far East this week for the second of four straight events in Asia. This week's tournament is the LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship in South Korea and features only 69 players.

The top seven players in the world are in the field, including world No. 1 and defending champion Yani Tseng. She is joined by American Stacy Lewis (2), 2009-10 winner Na Yeon Choi (3), Shanshan Feng (4), Inbee Park (5), Jiyai Shin (6) and Ai Miyazato (7).

Tseng is still No. 1 in the world but has struggled recently and hasn't posted a top-10 finish since May. Park currently leads the money list by more than $334,000 over Lewis. Park is coming off her second victory of the season last week at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. She has been on fire recently, recording 10 straight top-10 finishes and six straight top-3 finishes.

No American has ever won the tournament. Brittany Lincicome finished tied for third last year. In contrast, there have been seven Korean winners in the event's 10-year history.

The tournament is being staged at the Ocean Course at Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, for the fifth straight year. For the first four years, the event was held at Nine Bridges Golf Club before it moved to Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort in 2006-07.

Last year, Tseng shot rounds of 65-70-67 for her sixth LPGA Tour win of 2011. Tseng finished the tournament at 14-under 202, one shot better than Choi, who entered the final day tied with Tseng.

In 2010, Choi closed with a 3-under 69 in the final round to come from behind and repeat as champion. Choi finished at 10-under-par 206 and won by two strokes over Vicky Hurst for her fourth LPGA Tour title. She was the only player in the field to shoot three rounds in the 60s. Choi is the all-time money leader at this event with $781,894 in earnings.

Candie Kung carded a 3-under 69 in the final round of 2008 to win by one stroke over Katherine Hull. Kung completed her first LPGA Tour title in five years at 6-under 210.

In 2007, gusting winds prevented players from putting on the greens at Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort and officials were forced to cancel the final round and declare Suzann Pettersen the winner. It was the fourth of five wins in 2007 for Pettersen. She shot rounds of 69-72 to finish two rounds at 3-under 141. Pettersen never teed off Sunday before being declared the winner.

Jin Joo Hong closed with a 2-under 70 in the final round of 2006 to win by three strokes over Jeong Jang. Hong, a member of the Korean LPGA Tour, was making her first career start on the LPGA Tour. Despite a double-bogey on the final hole, she finished at 11-under 205.

South Korean Jee Young Lee completed a wire-to-wire win in 2005 for her first LPGA Tour victory. Lee opened with a tournament-low 65 in the first round and closed with a pair of 73s to end the tournament at 5-under 211.

Local favorite Grace Park birdied three of her final four holes in the final round in 2004 to pull away and win by five strokes. Park completed the event with a tournament-record score of 16-under 200.

In 2003, Shi Hyun Ahn made her debut on the LPGA Tour in impressive fashion, as she led from start to finish en route to a three-shot win.

The LPGA Tour heads to Taiwan next week for the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship 2012, where Tseng captured the 2011 title in her home country.

10/16 17:30:27 ET

As of October 16, 2012, at 05:30 PM ET

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