LPGA - Kia Classic Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, March 27th through Sunday, March 30th|
|SITE: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (1991)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 351 Yds||10 - Par 5 515 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 390 Yds||11 - Par 3 181 Yds|
|3 - Par 3 147 Yds||12 - Par 4 371 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 372 Yds||13 - Par 4 349 Yds|
|5 - Par 5 543 Yds||14 - Par 3 168 Yds|
|6 - Par 3 175 Yds||15 - Par 4 413 Yds|
|7 - Par 4 393 Yds||16 - Par 4 372 Yds|
|8 - Par 5 523 Yds||17 - Par 5 570 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 378 Yds||18 - Par 4 382 Yds|
|36 3,272 Yds||36 3,321 Yds|
|Annual: || 5th|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-9 p.m. (et),|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Beatriz Recari|
|Runner-Up: || I.K. Kim|
|Tournament Record: || 274 (Yani Tseng, 2012)|
|54-Hole Record: || 204 (Jiyai Shin, 2011; Yani Tseng, 2012)|
|36-Hole Record: || 134 (Jiyai Shin, 2011)|
|18-Hole Record: || 64 (Jiyai Shin, 2011 - Industry Hills Golf Club)|
|Total Purse: || $1,700,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $255,000; 2nd Place - $158,182; 3rd Place - $112,625|
|Beatriz Recari *||279||Jane Park||281|
|I.K. Kim||279||Karrie Webb||281|
|Cristie Kerr||280||Lizette Salas||281|
|Mo Martin||280||Four players at||282|
|Past Kia Classic Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||*Beatriz Recari (279) -- I.K. Kim|
|2012||Yani Tseng (274) -- Sun Young Yoo|
|2011||Sandra Gal (276) -- Jiyai Shin|
|2010||Hee Kyung Seo (276) -- Inbee Park|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Na Yeon Choi||T-14||T-5||T-18||T-13|
|Hee Kyung Seo||Won||mc||T-43||T-33|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Karrie Webb|
|Darkhorse - Mirim Lee|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Suzann Pettersen) - Finished tied for 29th|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Azahara Munoz) - Finished tied for 2nd|
|NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to California this week for the Kia Classic at|
Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad. This is the sixth event of the LPGA
Tour season. Jessica Korda captured the season-opening Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA
Classic; Karrie Webb won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and JTBC
Founders Cup; Anna Nordqvist captured the Honda LPGA Thailand; and Paula
Creamer won the HSBC Women's Champions.
The top 14 players in the world are in the field this week. World No. 1 Inbee
Park has finished in the top 10 in all three events she has played this
season, including a runner-up finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand. She has five
straight top-10 finishes dating back to last year.
World No. 5 Webb is the hottest player on tour. She has two wins and a third-
place finish in four events this season. Webb currently leads the money list
by more than $153,000 over Creamer.
The tournament is being held at Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club for the second
straight year. Golf legend Arnold Palmer designed the course, which opened for
play in 1991. The 2010 and 2012 events were played at La Costa Resort & Spa,
while the 2011 tournament was staged at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific
Last year, Beatriz Recari birdied the second playoff hole to beat I.K. Kim.
Recari carded rounds of 69-67-69-74 and ended regulation with Kim at 9-under-
Yani Tseng fired rounds of 67-68-69-70 in 2012 to claim a 6-stroke victory
over Sun Young Yoo. She finished at 14-under-par 274 to capture her second
consecutive title, her third of the 2012 season and the 15th of her career.
Tseng established a new tournament record at 274.
In 2011, Sandra Gal birdied the 72nd hole to capture her first career LPGA
Tour victory. Gal finished at 16-under-par 276 at Industry Hills Golf Club.
She became the second German to win on the LPGA Tour, joining Tina Fischer
(2001 Asahi Ryokuken International).
Hee Kyung Seo shot rounds of 70-67-69-70 in 2010 to cruise to a 6-stroke win
over Park. Seo, who played on a sponsor's invitation, finished at 12-under-par
276 for her first LPGA Tour win in her eighth start.
The LPGA Tour remains in California next week for the first major of the
season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, where Inbee Park
captured her first of three consecutive majors in 2013.
03/25 16:30:07 ET
As of March 25, 2014, at 04:30 PM ET