LPGA - North Texas LPGA Shootout Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, May 1st through Sunday, May 4th|
|SITE: Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Joe Finger (1963)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 426 yds||10 - Par 5 510 yds|
|2 - Par 4 327 yds||11 - Par 3 170 yds|
|3 - Par 5 521 yds||12 - Par 4 396 yds|
|4 - Par 3 165 yds||13 - Par 3 135 yds|
|5 - Par 4 350 yds||14 - Par 4 416 yds|
|6 - Par 3 185 yds||15 - Par 4 390 yds|
|7 - Par 5 540 yds||16 - Par 4 405 yds|
|8 - Par 4 403 yds||17 - Par 3 178 yds|
|9 - Par 4 375 yds||18 - Par 5 518 yds|
|36 3,292 yds||35 3,118 yds|
|Annual: || 2nd|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Inbee Park|
|Runner-Up: || Carlota Ciganda|
|Tournament Record: || 271 (Inbee Park, 2013)|
|54-Hole Record: || 202 (Carlota Ciganda, 2013)|
|36-Hole Record: || 135 (Caroline Masson, 2013)|
|Course Record: || 64 (Caroline Masson, Hee Young Park, 2013)|
|Total Purse: || $1,300,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125|
|Inbee Park||271||I.K. Kim||276|
|Carlota Ciganda||272||Karine Icher||277|
|Suzann Pettersen||274||Stacy Lewis||277|
|Hee Young Park||275||Na Yeon Choi||277|
|So Yeon Ryu||275||Shanshan Feng||277|
|Past North Texas LPGA Shootout Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||Inbee Park (271) -- Carlota Ciganda|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|So Yeon Ryu||T-4|
|Na Yeon Choi||T-7|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis|
|Darkhorse - Jenny Shin|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Finished tied for 4th|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Angela Stanford) - Did not play|
This week, the LPGA Tour travels to the Lone Star State for the North Texas
LPGA Shootout in Irving. Four of the top-6 players in the world are in the
field - defending champion Inbee Park (1), top American Stacy Lewis (3),
Suzann Pettersen (4) and Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson (6).
Park is still looking for her first win of 2014 after an incredible 2013.
She has six top-10 finishes in seven events this season, with a runner-up
at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
Lewis is also still looking for her first victory of 2014. She has seven
top-10 finishes in eight events, with three runner-up finishes.
Pettersen returned to action last week, where she tied for 28th at the
Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, after missing three consecutive tournaments
while dealing with a back injury.
Thompson is playing for the first time since winning her first major title at
the Kraft Nabisco Championship four weeks ago.
The tournament is being held at Las Colinas Country Club. The course was
designed by Joe Finger in 1963. The 2013 tournament was the first time the
LPGA Tour has played in the North Texas region in over 20 years.
Last year, Park birdied the 18th hole in the final round to hold off third-
round leader Carlota Ciganda and win the inaugural event by a single stroke.
Park entered the final round two strokes off the pace, but she was able to
grab the lead when Ciganda bogeyed No. 14 and tripped to a double bogey on the
next hole. Ciganda rallied with a birdie on the final hole to pull even with
her playing partner, but the world No. 1 Park calmly followed with an 8-foot
birdie make of her own to lock up the victory. Park carded a final-round 4-
under 67 and ended 72 holes at 13-under 271.
The LPGA Tour heads to Virginia in two weeks for the Kingsmill Championship in
Williamsburg, where Cristie Kerr won the 2013 title.
04/29 16:15:40 ET
As of April 29, 2014, at 04:15 PM ET