LPGA - Kraft Nabisco Championship Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 6th|
|SITE: Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament Course),|
| Rancho Mirage, California|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Desmond Muirhead (1970)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 377 yds||10 - Par 4 388 yds|
|2 - Par 5 521 yds||11 - Par 5 536 yds|
|3 - Par 4 415 yds||12 - Par 4 389 yds|
|4 - Par 4 380 yds||13 - Par 4 405 yds|
|5 - Par 3 182 yds||14 - Par 3 148 yds|
|6 - Par 4 391 yds||15 - Par 4 387 yds|
|7 - Par 4 395 yds||16 - Par 4 407 yds|
|8 - Par 3 168 yds||17 - Par 3 179 yds|
|9 - Par 5 539 yds||18 - Par 5 531 yds|
|36 3,368 yds||36 3,370 yds|
|Annual: || 43rd|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12-3 p.m., 6-9 p.m. (et),|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 5-9 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Inbee Park|
|Runner-Up: || So Yeon Ryu|
|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: || $2,000,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $300,000; 2nd Place - $183,814; 3rd Place - $133,344|
|Inbee Park||273||Karrie Webb||282|
|So Yeon Ryu||277||Six players at||283|
|Past Kraft Nabisco Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||Inbee Park (273) -- So Yeon Ryu|
|2012||*Sun Young Yoo (279) -- I.K. Kim|
|2011||Stacy Lewis (275) -- Yani Tseng|
|2010||Yani Tseng (275) -- Suzann Pettersen|
|2009||Brittany Lincicome (279) -- Kristy McPherson, Cristie Kerr|
|2008||Lorena Ochoa (277) -- Annika Sorenstam, Suzann Pettersen|
|2007||Morgan Pressel (285) -- Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew,|
|2006||*Karrie Webb (279) -- Lorena Ochoa|
|2005||Annika Sorenstam (273) -- Rosie Jones|
|2004||Grace Park (277) -- Aree Song|
|2003||Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (281) -- Annika Sorenstam|
|2002||Annika Sorenstam (280) -- Liselotte Neumann|
|2001||Annika Sorenstam (281) -- Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb, Janice Moodie,|
|Akiko Fukushima, Rachel Teske|
|2000||Karrie Webb (274) -- Dottie Pepper|
|1999||Dottie Pepper (269) -- Meg Mallon|
|1998||Pat Hurst (281) -- Helen Dobson|
|1997||Betsy King (276) -- Kris Tschetter|
|1996||Patty Sheehan (281) -- Kelly Robbins, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam|
|1995||Nanci Bowen (285) -- Susie Redman|
|1994||Donna Andrews (276) -- Laura Davies|
|1993||Helen Alfredsson (284) -- Amy Benz, Tina Barrett|
|1992||*Dottie Pepper (279) -- Juli Inkster|
|1991||Amy Alcott (273) -- Dottie Pepper|
|1990||Betsy King (283) -- Kathy Postlewait, Shirley Furlong|
|1989||Juli Inkster (279) -- Tammie Green, JoAnne Carner|
|1988||Amy Alcott (274) -- Colleen Walker|
|1987||*Betsy King (283) -- Patty Sheehan|
|1986||Pat Bradley (280) -- Val Skinner|
|1985||Alice Miller (275) -- Jan Stephenson|
|1984||*Juli Inkster (280) -- Pat Bradley|
|1983||Amy Alcott (282) -- Beth Daniel, Kathy Whitworth|
|1982||Sally Little (278) -- Hollis Stacy, Sandra Haynie|
|1981||Nancy Lopez (277) -- Carolyn Hill|
|1980||Donna Caponi (275) -- Amy Alcott|
|1979||*Sandra Post (276) -- Nancy Lopez|
|1978||*Sandra Post (283) -- Penny Pulz|
|1977||Kathy Whitworth (289) -- JoAnne Carner, Sally Little|
|1976||Judy Rankin (285) -- Betty Burfeindt|
|1975||Sandra Palmer (283) -- Kathy McMullen, Judy Rankin|
|1974||*Jo Ann Prentice (289) -- Jane Blalock, Sandra Haynie|
|1973||Mickey Wright (284) -- Joyce Kazmierski|
|1972||Jane Blalock (213) -- Carol Mann, Judy Rankin|
|Note:Formerly called Colgate Dinah Shore (1972-81), Nabisco Dinah|
Shore (1982-99), Nabisco Championship (2000-01).
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|So Yeon Ryu||---||---||---||---||---||---||T-64||T-41||T-56||2nd|
|Hee Kyung Seo||---||---||---||---||---||mc||T-21||T-33||T-4||T-13|
|Se Ri Pak||T-16||T-27||T-45||T-10||T-10||T-40||T-15||T-10||T-8||T-19|
|Na Yeon Choi||---||---||---||---||T-6||T-40||T-27||T-47||T-8||T-32|
|Sun Young Yoo||---||---||---||mc||---||T-12||mc||T-62||Won||mc|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Lexi Thompson|
|Darkhorse - Lizette Salas|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Karrie Webb) - Finished tied for 25th|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Mirim Lee) - Finished 66th|
|NOTES:The LPGA Tour moves to 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 Kraft Nabisco Championship. There are 111 players in
the field, led by world No. 1 and defending champion Inbee Park.
Park is still looking for her first victory of the season. She has finished in
the top 10 in all four events she has played this year, including a second-
place finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand. World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen withdrew
from the tournament due to a back injury.
Karrie Webb and Anna Nordqvist are the only players with multiple victories so
far this season. Webb currently leads Nordqvist by more than $32,000 atop the
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.
Amateurs receiving sponsor exemptions this week are Brooke Henderson, Nelly
Korda, Alison Lee, Minjee Lee, Su-Hyun Oh, Annie Park, Ashlan Ramsey and Angel
Yin. 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. It was formerly called the Colgate Dinah Shore (1972-81) and the
Nabisco Dinah Shore (1982-99). The Kraft Nabisco Championship 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, Inbee Park rolled her way to a second major title, firing rounds of
70-67-67-69 to win by four strokes over So Yeon Ryu. It marked the fifth LPGA
Tour title for Park, whose other major championship victory came at the 2008
U.S. Women's Open. She would go on to win two more majors last year at the
Wegmans LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open.
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, Stacy 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 defending 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 Morgan
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
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 Sorenstam and Pettersen. Ochoa, who finally broke
through for her first career major at the 2007 Women's British Open, became
the first woman to win back-to-back majors since Sorenstam in 2005.
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 this 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. She 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 16 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), 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 and Sorenstam with six each.
The LPGA Tour travels to Hawaii in two weeks for the LPGA LOTTE Championship
at Ko Olina Golf Club on the island of Oahu, where Pettersen won last year.
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