LPGA - JTBC Founders Cup Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, March 20th through Sunday, March 23rd
SITE: Wildfire Golf Club (Palmer and Faldo Courses), Phoenix, Arizona
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (1997) - Palmer Course
         Nick Faldo (2002) - Faldo Course
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,583
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 385 yds10 - Par 4 390 yds
2 - Par 5 550 yds11 - Par 5 547 yds
3 - Par 4 385 yds12 - Par 4 438 yds
4 - Par 3 175 yds13 - Par 4 325 Yds
5 - Par 5 510 yds14 - Par 3 168 yds
6 - Par 3 185 yds15 - Par 5 485 yds
7 - Par 4 355 yds16 - Par 4 307 yds
8 - Par 4 400 yds17 - Par 3 153 yds
9 - Par 4 405 yds18 - Par 4 420 yds
36 3,350 yds36 3,233 yds
Annual:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-9 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Runner-Up:  Ai Miyazato
Tournament Record:  265 (Stacy Lewis, 2013)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Ai Miyazato, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Jee Young Lee, 2013)
Course Record:  63 (Ai Miyazato, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $225,000; 2nd Place - $136,988; 3rd Place - $99,375
2013 Finish
Stacy Lewis265Lizette Salas272
Ai Miyazato268Jessica Korda272
Angela Stanford271Five players at273
Giulia Sergas272
Jee Young Lee272
Past JTBC Founders Cup Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Stacy Lewis (265) -- Ai Miyazato
2012Yani Tseng (270) -- Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato
2011Karrie Webb (204) -- Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome
NOTE:Formerly called RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup (2011-13).

Top Contenders in the Field
Stacy LewisT-29T-10Won
Ai Miyazato---T-22nd
Paula CreamerT-2T-18T-13
Karrie WebbWonT-14T-18
Inbee Park---T-26T-25
Na Yeon Choi---T-2T-29
So Yeon Ryu---4thT-29
Cristie Kerr4thT-6T-29
Hee Kyung SeoT-43T-6T-35
Azahara MunozmcT-48T-35
Yani TsengT-29WonT-59
Lexi Thompson---T-51T-68
Suzann Pettersen---T-26mc
Lydia Ko---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Suzann Pettersen
Darkhorse - Azahara Munoz
Last Week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michelle Wie) - Finished tied for 9th
NOTES:The LPGA Tour is in Phoenix, Arizona, this week for the first
tournament in the United States in 2014, the JTBC Founders Cup. Jessica Korda won the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Karrie Webb captured the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Anna Nordqvist won the Honda LPGA Thailand; and Paula Creamer captured the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

The top 12 players in the world are in the field, including world No. 1 Inbee Park. Park has finished second and tied for fourth in her first two events of this season. She has four straight top-five finishes dating back to last year. Creamer moved up to eighth in the world with her win in Singapore. It was her first victory since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open. She has three top-three finishes in four events this season.

This tournament is being held at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The Club features two 18-hole courses designed by Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. This event will play a combination of the two courses, with the back nine of the Palmer Course playing as holes 1-9 of the tournament and the back nine of the Faldo Course playing as holes 10-18.

Last year, Stacy Lewis closed strong and won by three strokes over Ai Miyazato. Lewis fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to finish the tournament at 23-under-par 265 and capture her seventh career LPGA victory. With the win, Lewis overtook Yani Tseng for the No. 1 ranking in the world, becoming the first American since Cristie Kerr in October 2010 to hold the spot. It was the second straight victory for Lewis, as she won the HSBC Women's Champions two weeks prior.

Tseng carded rounds of 65-70-67-68 in 2012 to win by one stroke over Na Yeon Choi and Miyazato. She finished at 18-under-par 270 for her second of three LPGA Tour victories in 2012. With the win, Tseng became the fastest LPGA Tour player to reach the $8 million mark in career earnings, doing so in just over four years and 99 events. Lorena Ochoa held the previous mark, as it took her three months and 16 events more than Tseng needed.

In 2011, Karrie Webb fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and win the inaugural event. Webb finished her 38th LPGA Tour title at 12- under-par 204 for a 1-stroke win over Creamer and Brittany Lincicome. The Australian won for the second straight event, as she also titled in Singapore at the HSBC Women's Champions the week before.

The LPGA Tour travels to California next week for the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, where Beatriz Recari won in 2013.

03/18 15:42:30 ET

As of March 18, 2014, at 03:42 PM ET