LPGA - ANA Inspiration Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 2nd through Sunday, April 5th
SITE: Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament Course),
         Rancho Mirage, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Desmond Muirhead (1970)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,769
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 377 yds10 - Par 4 388 yds
2 - Par 5 517 yds11 - Par 5 536 yds
3 - Par 4 420 yds12 - Par 4 389 yds
4 - Par 4 380 yds13 - Par 4 424 yds
5 - Par 3 182 yds14 - Par 3 148 yds
6 - Par 4 391 yds15 - Par 4 387 yds
7 - Par 4 395 yds16 - Par 4 418 yds
8 - Par 3 169 yds17 - Par 3 179 yds
9 - Par 5 538 yds18 - Par 5 531 yds
36 3,369 yds36 3,400 yds
Annual:  44th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12-3 p.m., 6-9 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 5-9 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Runner-Up:  Michelle Wie
Tournament Record:  269 (Dottie Pepper, 1999)
54-Hole Record:  203 (Amy Alcott, 1988; Dottie Pepper, 1999)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Lorena Ochoa, 2006)
Course Record:  62 (Lorena Ochoa, 2006)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $375,000; 2nd Place - $232,620; 3rd Place - $168,749
2014 Finish
Lexi Thompson274Shanshan Feng283
Michelle Wie277Angela Stanford284
Stacy Lewis281Azahara Munoz284
Cristie Kerr282Charley Hull284
Se Ri Pak282Amy Yang285
Past ANA Inspiration Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Lexi Thompson (274) -- Michelle Wie
2013Inbee Park (273) -- So Yeon Ryu
2012*Sun Young Yoo (279) -- I.K. Kim
2011Stacy Lewis (275) -- Yani Tseng
2010Yani Tseng (275) -- Suzann Pettersen
2009Brittany Lincicome (279) -- Kristy McPherson, Cristie Kerr
2008Lorena Ochoa (277) -- Annika Sorenstam, Suzann Pettersen
2007Morgan Pressel (285) -- Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew,
Suzann Pettersen
2006*Karrie Webb (279) -- Lorena Ochoa
2005Annika Sorenstam (273) -- Rosie Jones
2004Grace Park (277) -- Aree Song
2003Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (281) -- Annika Sorenstam
2002Annika Sorenstam (280) -- Liselotte Neumann
2001Annika Sorenstam (281) -- Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb, Janice Moodie,
Akiko Fukushima, Rachel Teske
2000Karrie Webb (274) -- Dottie Pepper
1999Dottie Pepper (269) -- Meg Mallon
1998Pat Hurst (281) -- Helen Dobson
1997Betsy King (276) -- Kris Tschetter
1996Patty Sheehan (281) -- Kelly Robbins, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam
1995Nanci Bowen (285) -- Susie Redman
1994Donna Andrews (276) -- Laura Davies
1993Helen Alfredsson (284) -- Amy Benz, Tina Barrett
1992*Dottie Pepper (279) -- Juli Inkster
1991Amy Alcott (273) -- Dottie Pepper
1990Betsy King (283) -- Kathy Postlewait, Shirley Furlong
1989Juli Inkster (279) -- Tammie Green, JoAnne Carner
1988Amy Alcott (274) -- Colleen Walker
1987*Betsy King (283) -- Patty Sheehan
1986Pat Bradley (280) -- Val Skinner
1985Alice Miller (275) -- Jan Stephenson
1984*Juli Inkster (280) -- Pat Bradley
1983Amy Alcott (282) -- Beth Daniel, Kathy Whitworth
1982Sally Little (278) -- Hollis Stacy, Sandra Haynie
1981Nancy Lopez (277) -- Carolyn Hill
1980Donna Caponi (275) -- Amy Alcott
1979*Sandra Post (276) -- Nancy Lopez
1978*Sandra Post (283) -- Penny Pulz
1977Kathy Whitworth (289) -- JoAnne Carner, Sally Little
1976Judy Rankin (285) -- Betty Burfeindt
1975Sandra Palmer (283) -- Kathy McMullen, Judy Rankin
1974*Jo Ann Prentice (289) -- Jane Blalock, Sandra Haynie
1973Mickey Wright (284) -- Joyce Kazmierski
1972Jane Blalock (213) -- Carol Mann, Judy Rankin

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Colgate Dinah Shore (1972-81),
Nabisco Dinah Shore (1982-99), Nabisco Championship (2000-01), Kraft Nabisco Championship (2002-14).

Top Contenders in the Field
Lexi Thompson------------T-21T-24---T-22T-48Won
Michelle WieT-14T-3------T-67T-276thmcT-412nd
Stacy Lewis------T-5---T-64T-19WonT-4T-323rd
Se Ri PakT-27T-45T-10T-10T-40T-15T-10T-8T-19T-4
Cristie KerrT-3T-35T-20T-21T-2T-5mcT-22T-19T-4
Shanshan Feng------------mc---T-55T-22T-256th
Angela StanfordT-58mcT-10T-15T-12T-15T-3T-11T-19T-7
Amy Yang---------------T-27T-19T-4T-3210th
Karrie WebbT-44WonT-20T-13T-8T-5T-13T-15T-5T-11
Morgan PresselT-19T-13WonT-38T-40T-19T-3T-46T-52T-11
Anna Nordqvist---------------T-10T-10T-26T-7T-16
Na Yeon Choi---------T-6T-40T-27T-47T-8T-32T-16
Mirim Lee---------------------------T-26
Lydia Ko------------------------T-25T-29
Paula CreamerT-19T-24T-15T-21T-17---T-19T-20T-13T-34
Sandra Gal------------mcT-34T-15T-38mcT-34
Inbee Park---T-62---9thT-56T-10T-29T-26Won38th
I.K. Kim---------mcT-28T-44T-102ndT-55T-39
So Yeon Ryu---------------T-64T-41T-562ndT-46
Sun Young Yoo------mc---T-12mcT-62WonmcT-55
Brittany Lincicome------T-2mcWonT-21T-13mcmcT-59
Ai MiyazatoT-44T-29T-15T-3169thmcT-33T-56T-55T-67
Candie KungT-9T-24T-60T-21T-30T-69T-62T-49T-69T-71
Lizette Salas---------------------T-46T-25mc
Yani Tseng---------T-21T-17Won2nd3rdT-48mc
Suzann Pettersen---T-40T-2T-2T-52ndT-19T-15T-3---
Hyo Joo Kim------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Alison Lee
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lydia Ko) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ilhee Lee) - Finished tied for 10th
The LPGA Tour remains in California for the first major championship of the golf season, as the best players in the world compete for one of the most prestigious titles at the ANA Inspiration, formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship. There are 115 players in the field, led by world No. 1 Lydia Ko.

Ko has finished in the top-7 in all six events she has played this season, including a victory at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. The 17-year-old has recorded 10 straight top-10 finishes dating back to last year.

World No. 2 Inbee Park has finished in the top-7 in four straight events, including a victory at the HSBC Women's Champions. The 2013 champion has recorded 13 top-10 finishes in her last 15 events.

World No. 3 Stacy Lewis, the top-ranked American, has finished in the top-15 in all six events she has played this season, including two runner-up performances. Lewis is still looking for her first title of 2015 after winning three times last year.

With a win this week, Se Ri Pak could complete the LPGA career Grand Slam. The only players to accomplish that feat are Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb. Pak, however, has not won since the 2010 Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

Amateurs receiving sponsor exemptions this week are Celine Boutier, Nelly Korda, Andrea Lee, Mika Liu, Haley Moore and Bethany Wu. Boutier is the No. 1 ranked women's amateur player in the world. Korda is the younger sister of LPGA Tour winner Jessica and daughter of former tennis player Petr, who won the 1998 Australian Open.

This tournament was designated as one of the LPGA Tour's major championships in 1983. The event is one of only two tournaments (The Masters) that has been played on the same golf course (Dinah Shore Tournament Course) since its inception in 1972.

Last year, Lexi Thompson birdied three of the first five holes in the final round to take control of the tournament and cruised to a 3-stroke win over Michelle Wie. Thompson, who held a share of the lead after the second and third rounds, finished at 14-under-par 274. It was Thompson's first major championship title and fourth LPGA win in all. The 19-year-old became the second-youngest winner in a major championship behind only 2007 winner Morgan Pressel, who was 18 when she won.

I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot par putt on the final hole of regulation in 2012 that would have given her the first LPGA major championship of her career. Instead, Sun Young Yoo birdied the first playoff hole to beat Kim and win. Yoo and Kim finished at 9-under-par 279.

In 2011, Lewis fired rounds of 66-69-71-69 to win her first major and first LPGA Tour title. Lewis vaulted from two strokes down after the third round to topple 2010 champion Yani Tseng, and finish at 13-under 275. Lewis won the 2007 NW Arkansas Championship as an amateur, but the tournament was shortened to just 18 holes and declared unofficial by the LPGA. Lewis became the fourth player to make this tournament her first LPGA Tour victory, joining Helen Alfredsson (1993), Nancy Bowen (1995) and Pressel (2007).

Brittany Lincicome eagled the par-5 18th hole following a spectacular approach shot to four feet, stunning Cristie Kerr and Kristy McPherson to win her first career major in 2009. The eagle gave Lincicome a 3-under 69 in the final round and a 1-shot victory over Kerr and McPherson, who battled their fellow American throughout the final round. Lincicome finished at 9-under 279.

Lorena Ochoa closed with a flawless 5-under 67 in the final round of 2008 to win by five strokes. What began as a sprint turned into a stroll, as the Mexican star finished the round with eight consecutive pars to end at 11-under 277, comfortably ahead of Annika Sorenstam and Suzann Pettersen.

In 2007, Pressel rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole in the final round and went to the range. She was still there when Pettersen all but handed her a piece of history. Pressel shot a 3-under 69 on the final day and won by one stroke after Pettersen coughed up a 3-shot lead on the last four holes. The win was Pressel's first on the LPGA Tour, and made her the youngest women's major champion at 18 years, 10 months and nine days old. Pressel's other notable golf victory came at the 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur. Pettersen coughed up four shots in a 3-hole stretch from No. 15 to fall one behind Pressel's clubhouse number. Pettersen missed a 22-foot birdie at the 18th that could have moved her into a playoff. Pressel finished at 3-under 285 overall, the highest winning score in 12 years.

Webb holed out for eagle from the fairway on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff with Ochoa in 2006, where she then captured this event for the second time. It was Webb's first major title since the 2002 Women's British Open. Webb fired the low round of the day in the final round, as she posted a 7-under 65 to finish at 9-under-par 279. Ochoa, who held the lead after each of the first three rounds, also eagled the last to shoot 72 and force the playoff. Ochoa established a new course record with a 62 in the first round, breaking the mark of 63 set by Mary Beth Zimmerman in 1997. She also set a new 36-hole record of 133.

Webb's 7-stroke comeback in 2006 matched the largest come-from-behind win in the history of the LPGA Tour's modern majors. Patty Sheehan also came from seven strokes back to win the 1983 LPGA Championship. Webb has posted 10 top 10s in the last 17 years of this event. When Webb won in 2000, she became the sixth wire-to-wire winner. Other players to accomplish that feat are: Amy Alcott (1991), Juli Inkster (1989), Sandra Post (1978), Sandra Palmer (1975) and Pat Hurst (1998).

When Sorenstam captured the title in 2002, she became the first player to win this tournament two straight years since it was designated a major in 1983. Post accomplished the feat in 1978-79 prior to the event becoming a major. Sorenstam, Betsy King and Alcott are the only 3-time winners, while Post, Inkster, Dottie Pepper and Webb have won it twice.

When Pepper captured the event in 1999, she set an LPGA record for the lowest under-par score for a major, finishing at 19-under par. During the four days, Pepper had two eagles, 19 birdies and just four bogeys.

Alcott started a winner's tradition of jumping into the pond at the 18th hole after her victory in 1988. The last player to win and not enter the water was Helen Alfredsson when she won for the first time on the LPGA Tour in 1993. The pond is named "Poppie's Pond" in honor of Terry Wilcox, the longtime Tournament Director, who retired in 2008.

Pat Bradley and Webb are the all-time leaders in top-10 finishes with 11, followed by Sorenstam with 10. Webb has eight top-five finishes, followed by King, Alcott, Jane Blalock, Bradley, Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr with six each.

The LPGA Tour travels to Hawaii in two weeks for the LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club on the island of Oahu, where Wie won last year.

03/31 17:48:01 ET

As of March 31, 2015, at 05:52 PM ET

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