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DATES: Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th
SITE: Guadalajara Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico
COURSE ARCHITECT: John Bredemus (1942), Bill Love (2005)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,638
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 350 Yds10 - Par 5 475 Yds
2 - Par 4 384 Yds11 - Par 4 336 Yds
3 - Par 5 545 Yds12 - Par 4 435 Yds
4 - Par 4 420 Yds13 - Par 3 152 Yds
5 - Par 4 405 Yds14 - Par 4 364 Yds
6 - Par 3 170 Yds15 - Par 4 391 Yds
7 - Par 4 376 Yds16 - Par 4 405 Yds
8 - Par 3 179 Yds17 - Par 3 223 Yds
9 - Par 5 507 Yds18 - Par 5 521 Yds
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36 3,336 Yds36 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
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Catriona Matthew276Juli Inkster283
I.K. Kim280Suzann Pettersen284
Anna Nordqvist280Maria Hjorth285
Ai Miyazato283Three players at286
Hee Kyung Seo283
 
Past Lorena Ochoa Invitational Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Catriona Matthew (276) -- I.K. Kim, Anna Nordqvist
2010I.K. Kim (269) -- Suzann Pettersen
2009Michelle Wie (275) -- Paula Creamer
2008Angela Stanford (275) -- Brittany Lang, Annika Sorenstam

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2008200920102011
Catriona Matthew---T-8T-25Won
I.K. Kim9thT-8WonT-2
Anna Nordqvist---T-14T-28T-2
Ai Miyazato---T-166thT-4
Suzann PettersenT-28T-162nd7th
Paula CreamerT-142ndT-4T-9
Brittany LangT-2T-8T-18T-9
Michelle Wie---WonwdT-9
Cristie KerrT-11T-3T-4T-13
Brittany Lincicome---T-1434th15th
Azahara Munoz------T-10T-16
Yani TsengT-18T-827thT-19
Stacy Lewis------T-728th
Angela StanfordWon33rdT-7T-30
Lorena OchoaT-14T-6T-28---
Inbee Park23rd---------
So Yeon Ryu------------
Lexi Thompson------------
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
 
NOTES:
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 275.

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

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