LPGA Tour
LPGA - Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th
SITE: Lake Merced Golf Club, San Francisco, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Willie Lock (1923), Dr. Alister MacKenzie (1928 - redesign),
         Robert Muir Graves (1965 - redesign), Rees Jones (1996)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,507
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 413 yds10 - Par 4 373 yds
2 - Par 4 376 yds11 - Par 4 381 yds
3 - Par 3 164 yds12 - Par 3 154 yds
4 - Par 4 405 yds13 - Par 4 376 yds
5 - Par 4 381 yds14 - Par 5 475 yds
6 - Par 5 479 yds15 - Par 3 184 yds
7 - Par 4 417 yds16 - Par 4 335 yds
8 - Par 3 162 yds17 - Par 4 382 yds
9 - Par 5 518 yds18 - Par 5 532 yds
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36 3,315 yds36 3,192 yds
 
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $165,043; 3rd Place - $119,727
 
Past Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1styear of the event

Top Players in the Field
Paula CreamerWon HSBC Women's Champions, 10 career titles, World No. 9
Shanshan FengWon 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship, World No. 8
Cristie Kerr4 top-10 finishes in 2014, 16 career titles, World No. 11
Lydia Ko2 career LPGA Tour titles, World No. 4
Stacy Lewis6 top-10 finishes in 2014, 8 career titles, World No. 3
Anna Nordqvist2 wins in 2014, 4 career titles, World No. 10
Inbee Park5 top-10 finishes in 2014, 9 career titles, World No. 1
Suzann Pettersen14 career LPGA Tour titles, World No. 2
So Yeon RyuWon 2011 U.S. Women's Open, 2 career titles, World No. 7
Angela Stanford2nd last week at LPGA LOTTE Championship, World No. 14
Karrie Webb2 wins in 2014, 41 career LPGA Tour titles, World No. 5
Michelle WieWon LPGA LOTTE Championship last week, World No. 13

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Angela Stanford
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Cristie Kerr) - Finished tied for 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Se Ri Pak) - Finished tied for 9th
 
NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to California this week for the inaugural
Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. The tournament will be played at Lake Merced Golf Club. The course opened in 1923 and was one of the United States' first golf clubs to eliminate gender restriction from its membership policies.

The top five players in the world are in the field - Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko and Karrie Webb. Park is still looking for her first win of 2014 after an incredible 2013 season. She has five top-10 finishes in six events this season, with a runner-up at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Pettersen will be returning to action this week after missing three consecutive tournaments while dealing with a back injury. Pettersen, who last competed at the JTBC Founders Cup, will look to regain the form that she showed in 2013 when she captured four wins and 11 additional top-10 finishes. In four tournament appearances this year, Pettersen has made all four cuts, including a pair of top-10 finishes at the Honda LPGA Thailand and the HSBC Women's Champions.

Lewis is also still looking for her first victory of 2014. She has six top-10 finishes in seven events, with two runner-up finishes.

This marks the first LPGA event in the Bay Area since the 2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge held at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, California. The Bay Area has been a long-time hotspot for the LPGA and has hosted 27 tournaments dating back to the 1953 San Francisco Weathervane, which was won by LPGA Hall of Famer Louise Suggs.

Six members of this week's field have won events played in the Bay Area: Beatriz Recari (2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge); I.K. Kim (2008 Longs Drugs Challenge); Paula Creamer (2008 Samsung World Championship); Pettersen (2007 Longs Drugs Challenge); Webb (2006 Longs Drugs Challenge); and Juli Inkster (2000 Samsung World Championship).

The LPGA Tour moves to Texas next week for the North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving, where Inbee Park captured the 2013 title.

04/22 16:51:17 ET

As of April 22, 2014, at 04:52 PM ET