LPGA - Kingsmill Championship Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, May 15th through Sunday, May 18th|
|SITE: Kingsmill Resort & Spa (River Course), Williamsburg, Virginia|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (1975), Ed Ault (re-design),|
| Curtis Strange (re-design), Pete Dye (re-design, 2004)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 373 yds||10 - Par 4 405 yds|
|2 - Par 3 185 yds||11 - Par 4 358 yds|
|3 - Par 5 485 yds||12 - Par 4 396 yds|
|4 - Par 4 385 yds||13 - Par 3 140 yds|
|5 - Par 3 160 yds||14 - Par 4 374 yds|
|6 - Par 4 369 yds||15 - Par 5 473 yds|
|7 - Par 5 525 yds||16 - Par 4 405 yds|
|8 - Par 4 401 yds||17 - Par 3 163 yds|
|9 - Par 4 400 yds||18 - Par 4 382 yds|
|36 3,283 yds||35 3,096 yds|
|Annual: || 10th|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-10:30 p.m. (et) - taped,|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Cristie Kerr|
|Runner-Up: || Suzann Pettersen|
|Tournament Record: || 265 (Annika Sorenstam, 2008)|
|54-Hole Record: || 197 (Paula Creamer, 2012)|
|36-Hole Record: || 129 (Lorena Ochoa, 2009)|
|Course Record: || 62 (Jiyai Shin, 2012)|
|Total Purse: || $1,300,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125|
|Cristie Kerr *||272||Angela Stanford||275|
|Suzann Pettersen||272||Inbee Park||276|
|Ilhee Lee||274||So Yeon Ryu||279|
|Ariya Jutanugarn||274||Three players at||280|
|Past Kingsmill Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||*Cristie Kerr (272) -- Suzann Pettersen|
|2012||*Jiyai Shin (268) -- Paula Creamer|
|2009||Cristie Kerr (268) -- I.K. Kim|
|2008||Annika Sorenstam (265) -- Allison Fouch, Karen Stupples, Jeong Jang,|
|2007||*Suzann Pettersen (274) -- Jee Young Lee|
|2006||Karrie Webb (270) -- Hee-Won Han, Lorena Ochoa|
|2005||Cristie Kerr (276) -- Jill McGill|
|2004||Se Ri Pak (275) -- Juli Inkster, Lorena Ochoa|
|2003||Grace Park (275) -- Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr|
|Note:Formerly called Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill (2003);|
Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill (2004-09).
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Sun Young Yoo||---||---||T-17||T-20||T-16||mc||T-35||T-28|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Lexi Thompson|
|Darkhorse - Dewi Claire Schreefel|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Won|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Jenny Shin) - Finished tied for 12th|
The LPGA Tour travels to the East Coast of the United States for the first
time this season as the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va. takes
place. This event returned to the LPGA schedule in 2012 after not being played
since 2009. Five of the top-6 players in the world are in the field - Stacy
Lewis, Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen, Karrie Webb and Lexi Thompson.
World No. 2 Lewis could take over the No. 1 ranking from Inbee Park with a
victory this week. Lewis has finished in the top-6 in eight of nine events
this season, including five straight. She is coming off a victory at the
North Texas LPGA Shootout two weeks ago.
The 17-year-old Ko is playing for the first time since winning the Swinging
Skirts LPGA Classic three weeks ago. It was already the third career LPGA Tour
victory for the teenager.
Webb and Anna Nordqvist are the only players with two wins this season. Webb
captured the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in February and the JTBC
Founders Cup in March.
The 19-year-old Thompson won her first major title at the Kraft Nabisco
Championship in April. She has recorded three straight top-6 finishes.
The PGA Tour had played at Kingsmill Resort and Spa for 22 years prior to the
LPGA's 2003 event here. The last time the LPGA had staged an event in Virginia
prior to 2003 was the 1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh Classic, where Jennifer Wyatt
became a first-time winner.
Only three miles downstream from the 1607 Jamestown Island settlement,
Kingsmill's 17th hole is the course's signature hole. This hole was
constructed on what was once the main port of entry for goods entering the
Virginia colony. This par-3 hole runs along the edge of the James River. The
teeing area is located adjacent to a 1775 fortification area which guarded the
Customs House and the chief landing area serving Colonial Williamsburg
throughout the 18th century. The 163-yard hole requires a tee shot across the
valley into a long, narrow green guarded by a river on one side and a walnut
tree on the other. It sits adjacent to the site of a tavern that served the
18th century sailors landing in colonial Virginia.
Last year, Cristie Kerr parred the second playoff hole to top Pettersen and
win this event for the third time. Kerr carded rounds of 66-71-66-69 to finish
the tournament at 12-under-par 272 with Pettersen. Kerr also won here in 2005
and 2009. She is the only 3-time winner of this event, in fact, no other
player has won twice.
In 2012, Jiyai Shin 2-putted for par from 15 feet on Monday to finally
defeat Paula Creamer on the ninth playoff hole, the 16th. After the tournament
couldn't be decided after eight tries at the 18th hole Sunday, Shin and
Creamer came back to Kingsmill Resort Monday morning. The duo finished at
16-under-par 268. It was the longest playoff in LPGA Tour history.
Annika Sorenstam fired four rounds in the 60s (64-66-69-66) to win in 2008.
Sorenstam finished at 19-under-par 265 for a 7-stroke victory over Jeong Jang,
Karen Stupples, Christina Kim and Allison Fouch. The win was Sorenstam's third
and final victory of 2008. It would also be the final victory of her career,
as she retired at the end of 2008 with 72 wins. Sorenstam established a new
tournament record with her 265, breaking the old mark of 270 set by Karrie
Webb in 2006.
In 2004, Se Ri Pak fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from four
strokes behind and win by two shots over Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster. The
victory qualified Pak for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame and she was inducted in
2007 following her 10th year of membership.
The LPGA Tour moves to Alabama next week for the Airbus LPGA Classic, where
Jennifer Johnson will defend her title.
05/13 18:35:38 ET
As of May 13, 2014, at 06:36 PM ET