LPGA - Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Friday, June 27th through Sunday, June 29th|
|SITE: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Arkansas|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Don Sechrest and Bruce Lietzke (1989),|
| Randy Heckenkemper (2008-09)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 320 yds||10 - Par 4 365 yds|
|2 - Par 5 549 yds||11 - Par 3 190 yds|
|3 - Par 3 166 yds||12 - Par 4 394 yds|
|4 - Par 4 405 yds||13 - Par 4 413 yds|
|5 - Par 4 360 yds||14 - Par 5 549 yds|
|6 - Par 3 185 yds||15 - Par 3 150 yds|
|7 - Par 5 520 yds||16 - Par 4 390 yds|
|8 - Par 4 404 yds||17 - Par 3 150 yds|
|9 - Par 4 351 yds||18 - Par 5 525 yds|
|36 3,260 yds||35 3,126 yds|
|Annual: || 8th|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Friday -- 9-11 p.m. (et) - taped,|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Inbee Park|
|Runner-Up: || So Yeon Ryu|
|Tournament Record: || 200 (Yani Tseng, 2010)|
|36-Hole Record: || 131 (Veronica Felibert, 2012)|
|Course Record: || 62 (Angela Park, Jane Park, 2008)|
|Total Purse: || $2,000,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $300,000; 2nd Place - $182,650; 3rd Place - $132,500|
|Inbee Park *||201||I.K. Kim||203|
|So Yeon Ryu||201||Paula Creamer||204|
|Mika Miyazato||202||Beatriz Recari||204|
|Stacy Lewis||203||Suzann Pettersen||204|
|Lydia Ko||203||Chie Arimura||204|
|Past Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||*Inbee Park (201) -- So Yeon Ryu|
|2012||Ai Miyazato (201) -- Azahara Munoz, Mika Miyazato|
|2011||*Yani Tseng (201) -- Amy Yang|
|2010||Yani Tseng (200) -- Michelle Wie|
|2009||*Jiyai Shin (204) -- Sun Young Yoo, Angela Stanford|
|2008||Seon Hwa Lee (201) -- Jane Park, Meena Lee|
|2007||@#(a) Stacy Lewis (65) -- Teresa Lu, Kristy McPherson, Katherine Hull|
| @ - Not an official event|
|NOTE:Formerly called LPGA NW Arkansas Championship (2007);|
P&G NW Arkansas Championship (2008-10).
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|So Yeon Ryu||---||---||---||---||T-10||2nd|
|Na Yeon Choi||T-8||T-7||T-9||T-10||T-23||T-17|
|Seon Hwa Lee||Won||T-10||T-5||mc||---||mc|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis|
|Darkhorse - Meena Lee|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Finished tied for 43rd|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Belen Mozo) - Finished tied for 55th|
|NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to Arkansas this week for the Walmart NW Arkansas|
Championship. The top five players in the world are in the field -- Stacy
Lewis, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen and Lexi Thompson. World No. 7
and U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie is also teeing it up.
World No. 1 Lewis finished second to Wie at the U.S. Women's Open last week.
Lewis has two wins this season and leads the tour with 12 top-10 finishes in
Wie is coming off her first major title last week at the U.S. Women's Open.
She has two wins this year and now sits atop the money list following her win
last week. Wie and Lewis are the only players to crack the $1 million mark
this season, with both women already surpassing $1.5 million. They are more
than $800,000 ahead of Lexi Thompson, who is third on the money list.
This week's event is being held at Pinnacle Country Club, which was designed
by Don Sechrest and opened for play in 1989. The 2007 tournament was the first
in Arkansas for the LPGA Tour since the 1956 Arkansas Open, won by Patty Berg.
Last year, Inbee Park continued her dominant 2013 campaign, as she birdied the
first playoff hole to defeat So Yeon Ryu. Park birdied No. 18 at Pinnacle
Country Club to finish 54 holes at 12-under-par 201. Ryu, playing two groups
back, also birdied the par-5 last to join Park atop the leaderboard.
Ai Miyazato fired a 6-under 65 in the final round in 2012 to come from behind
and win. Miyazato finished at 12-under-par 201. The win was her second of 2012
and ninth of her career on the LPGA Tour. Miyazato has finished in the top 11
at this tournament the last six years.
Yani Tseng squandered a chance to win in regulation in 2011, but was given a
reprieve in a playoff with Amy Yang. After Yang pulled a 4-foot birdie putt
left on the par-5 18th, the first playoff hole, Tseng made her birdie chance
from the same distance to win her second straight title at this tournament.
In 2010, Tseng collected five birdies on the back nine, including one on the
final hole, to fend off Wie and win. Tseng closed with a 6-under 65 to finish
her fifth LPGA Tour title at 13-under-par 200, which set a new tournament
scoring record. Seon Hwa Lee established the old mark of 201 in 2008.
Lewis' 7-under 65 held up as the best score in what officials believed was the
first full-length LPGA Tour event ever shortened to 18 holes in 2007. Lewis,
then an amateur and the 2007 NCAA champion, finished her round on Saturday
before a weather suspension left 32 players still needing to complete rounds
on Sunday. The LPGA Tour did not credit Lewis with an official win. Statistics
and earnings were also not counted as official for the 2007 LPGA Tour season.
It was believed to be a first for the LPGA Tour. There have been unofficial
tour events where only an 18-hole score was recorded, as well as some official
18-hole events in 1952. Spectators were not allowed on the soggy Pinnacle
Country Club grounds to watch the final 32 players complete their rounds on
The LPGA Tour heads across the pond in two weeks for the third major
championship of the season, the Ricoh Women's British Open, where Lewis will
defend her title at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.
06/24 17:09:55 ET
As of June 24, 2014, at 05:10 PM ET