LPGA - Lorena Ochoa Invitational Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th|
|SITE: Guadalajara Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: John Bredemus (1942), Bill Love (2005)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 350 Yds||10 - Par 5 475 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 384 Yds||11 - Par 4 336 Yds|
|3 - Par 5 545 Yds||12 - Par 4 435 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 420 Yds||13 - Par 3 152 Yds|
|5 - Par 4 405 Yds||14 - Par 4 364 Yds|
|6 - Par 3 170 Yds||15 - Par 4 391 Yds|
|7 - Par 4 376 Yds||16 - Par 4 405 Yds|
|8 - Par 3 179 Yds||17 - Par 3 223 Yds|
|9 - Par 5 507 Yds||18 - Par 5 521 Yds|
|36 3,336 Yds||36 3,302 Yds|
|Annual: || 5th|
|Television: || None|
|Defending Champion: || Catriona Matthew|
|Runner-Up: || I.K. Kim, Anna Nordqvist|
|Tournament Record: || 269 (I.K. Kim, 2010)|
|54-Hole Record: || 204 (Suzann Pettersen, 2010)|
|36-Hole Record: || 133 (Jiyai Shin, 2009)|
|Course Record: || 63 (Angela Stanford, 2010)|
|Total Purse: || $1,000,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $200,000; 2nd Place - $100,000; 3rd Place - $75,000|
|Catriona Matthew||276||Juli Inkster||283|
|I.K. Kim||280||Suzann Pettersen||284|
|Anna Nordqvist||280||Maria Hjorth||285|
|Ai Miyazato||283||Three players at||286|
|Hee Kyung Seo||283|
|Past Lorena Ochoa Invitational Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2011||Catriona Matthew (276) -- I.K. Kim, Anna Nordqvist|
|2010||I.K. Kim (269) -- Suzann Pettersen|
|2009||Michelle Wie (275) -- Paula Creamer|
|2008||Angela Stanford (275) -- Brittany Lang, Annika Sorenstam|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|So Yeon Ryu||---||---||---||---|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Catriona Matthew|
|Darkhorse - Anna Nordqvist|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Yani Tseng) - Finished 4th|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Mina Harigae) - Finished 31st|
The LPGA Tour travels to Mexico this week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
This event is being held at Guadalajara Country Club. Lorena Ochoa, the former
No. 1 player in the world, will come out of retirement to play in her own
event. This will be Ochoa's first official LPGA Tour start since she finished
tied for 28th at this tournament in 2010.
Four of the top five players in the world are in the field - Yani Tseng (1),
American Stacy Lewis (2), Inbee Park (4) and Suzann Pettersen (5). Tseng has
started to play well lately after struggling for several months. She has
finished in the top 4 in her last three events. Tseng will be looking to win
for the first time since capturing the Kia Classic in March. Lewis won the
Mizuno Classic last week for her fourth win of the season, the most on tour.
She currently trails Park by $366,168 for the top spot on the money list.
Pettersen will be trying to win her third consecutive tournament, as she
captured the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship and Sunrise LPGA Taiwan
Championship in back-to-back weeks in October.
Five players received sponsor's exemptions this week - Tanya Dergal, Alejandra
Llaneza, Kristy McPherson, Ochoa and Michelle Wie. Dergal, Llaneza and Ochoa
are natives of Mexico.
Guadalajara Country Club was designed by John Bredemus and opened in 1942. The
course is located in the same neighborhood where Ochoa grew up and still
lives. Her home is just 100 yards away from the first tee. Guadalajara Country
Club is the oldest golf course in the city of Guadalajara. This event is the
15th LPGA Tour event hosted by an LPGA Tour player.
Last year, Catriona Matthew finished 72 holes at 12-under 276 for her fourth
LPGA Tour victory and first since 2009. She led by as many as eight in the
final round and went on to win by four over I.K. Kim and Anna Nordqvist.
In 2010, Kim fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to come from behind and
win. Kim finished the tournament at 19-under 269 and won the title by three
strokes over third-round leader Pettersen. The victory was Kim's third on the
LPGA Tour. Kim crushed the previous tournament record of 275 set by both
Angela Stanford and Wie the previous two years. She was the only player in the
field to fire four rounds in the 60s.
Wie, after years of near misses, closed 2009's rendition with a 3-under 69 in
the final round to collect her first LPGA Tour title. Wie, who previously had
six runner-up finishes and six third-place showings in her career, claimed her
first victory by two strokes over Paula Creamer. Wie ended at 13-under-par
In 2008, Angela Stanford was tied for the lead after the first round and led
by herself the rest of the way as she won the inaugural event. Stanford carded
a 3-under 69 in the final round to hold off Annika Sorenstam and Brittany Lang
by one shot. Stanford completed her third LPGA Tour win at 13-under-par 275.
The LPGA Tour travels to Florida next week for the season-ending CME Group
Titleholders in Naples, where Hee Young Park captured the 2011 title.
11/06 16:10:27 ET
As of November 6, 2012, at 04:10 PM ET