LPGA - HSBC Women's Champions Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 27th through Sunday, March 2nd
SITE: Sentosa Golf Club (Serapong Course), Singapore
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ron Fream (1985), Andrew Johnson (2007)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,600
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 387 yds10 - Par 4 384 yds
2 - Par 3 156 yds11 - Par 4 380 yds
3 - Par 4 413 yds12 - Par 5 481 yds
4 - Par 5 535 yds13 - Par 4 404 Yds
5 - Par 4 410 yds14 - Par 3 153 yds
6 - Par 4 389 yds15 - Par 4 378 yds
7 - Par 5 493 yds16 - Par 4 382 yds
8 - Par 3 177 yds17 - Par 3 178 yds
9 - Par 4 402 yds18 - Par 5 498 yds
36 3,362 yds36 3,238 yds
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Wednesday/Saturday -- 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Runner-Up:  Na Yeon Choi
Tournament Record:  268 (Lorena Ochoa, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Lorena Ochoa, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Lorena Ochoa, 2008)
Course Record:  65 (Lorena Ochoa, 2008; Azahara Munoz, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,400,000
Shares:  1st Place - $210,000; 2nd Place - $127,855; 3rd Place - $92,750
2013 Finish
Stacy Lewis273Jessica Korda279
Na Yeon Choi274Danielle Kang279
Paula Creamer275Chella Choi280
Ariya Jutanugarn278Lexi Thompson280
Candie Kung279Three players at281
Past HSBC Women's Champions Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Stacy Lewis (273) -- Na Yeon Choi
2012*Angela Stanford (278) -- Shanshan Feng, Na Yeon Choi, Jenny Shin
2011Karrie Webb (275) -- Chie Arimura
2010Ai Miyazato (278) -- Cristie Kerr
2009Jiyai Shin (277) -- Katherine Hull
2008Lorena Ochoa (268) -- Annika Sorenstam

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Stacy Lewis------T-38T-9T-18Won
Na Yeon ChoiT-14T-31T-96thT-22nd
Paula Creamer3rdT-3---T-24wd3rd
Lexi Thompson---------------T-8
Morgan PresselT-8T-39T-385thT-25T-10
Jenny Shin------------T-2T-14
Jiyai Shin7thWonT-3T-11T-8T-18
Karrie WebbT-5T-9T-19WonT-25T-18
Brittany LincicomeT-53---T-26T-14T-39T-18
Anna Nordqvist------T-29T-30T-31T-24
Yani Tseng---T-11T-33rd5thT-28
Shanshan Feng---T-31T-26T-30T-2T-32
Suzann PettersenT-30T-14T-3T-16T-25T-32
Inbee ParkT-34T-68T-32T-40T-25T-37
Cristie KerrwdT-112ndT-9T-35T-52
Angela StanfordT-12T-3T-9T-40Won56th
Ai MiyazatoT-18T-26WonT-14T-6---
So Yeon Ryu------------T-11---
Lydia Ko------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Michelle Wie
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lydia Ko) - Finished tied for 19th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Karine Icher) - Finished tied for 53rd
NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to Singapore this week for the HSBC Women's
Champions. The best female golfers in the world will compete at Sentosa Golf Club for the $210,000 first prize. The top 11 players in the world are in the field, led by world No. 1 Inbee Park.

Park finished second last week at the Honda LPGA Thailand in her season debut. She is coming off a fantastic 2013 season in which she won six times, including three major championships. She captured the money title with over $2.4 million in earnings.

The top 20 players from the Rolex Women's World Ranking (as of January 13, 2014), winners on the LPGA Tour from 2013, HSBC Women's Champions winners, the 2014 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open winners, sponsor invites and the Singapore qualifier are in the select field of 63 players this week. LPGA members from the 2014 Priority List fill out the field.

The HSBC Women's Champions is the first official stroke-play event that the LPGA Tour has played in Singapore. After five years at Tanah Merah Country Club, the tournament moved to the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in 2013. Sentosa Golf Club hosted the Singapore Open on the European Tour in 2009 and 2012, won by Ian Poulter and Matteo Manassero.

Last year, Stacy Lewis carded rounds of 67-66-69-71 and held on for a 1-stroke victory over Na Yeon Choi, who missed a birdie putt at the 18th which could have forced a playoff. Lewis finished the tournament at 15-under 273 to capture her sixth career victory.

In 2012, Angela Stanford emerged as the winner, sinking a 3-foot par putt on the third playoff hole, where Jenny Shin's par try lipped out. Shanshan Feng and Na Yeon Choi had been eliminated on the first two holes of the playoff. The victory was Stanford's fifth on the LPGA Tour, and first since the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay.

Jiyai Shin fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and win in 2009. She finished at 11-under 277 and won by two strokes over third-round leader Katherine Hull, who tallied a double bogey and two bogeys on her back nine for a 2-over 74. It was Shin's first victory as an LPGA member.

In 2008, Lorena Ochoa endured three rain delays in the final round to cruise to victory. Ochoa, who fired rounds of 66-65-69-68, was the only player in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. She held an 8-shot, third-round lead and finished the tournament at 20-under 268. That was good enough for an eye-opening, 11-stroke victory over Annika Sorenstam.

The LPGA Tour moves back across the Pacific Ocean to Arizona in three weeks for the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix, where Lewis will defend her title.

02/25 13:53:32 ET

As of February 25, 2014, at 01:53 PM ET