LPGA - Airbus LPGA Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 25th
SITE: Magnolia Grove Golf Course (Crossings Course), Mobile, Alabama
         (Part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail)
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1991, 2009)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,521
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 395 Yds10 - Par 4 380 Yds
2 - Par 3 180 Yds11 - Par 4 398 Yds
3 - Par 4 350 Yds12 - Par 4 376 Yds
4 - Par 5 528 Yds13 - Par 5 529 Yds
5 - Par 4 392 Yds14 - Par 3 149 Yds
6 - Par 5 488 Yds15 - Par 4 390 Yds
7 - Par 4 385 Yds16 - Par 5 485 Yds
8 - Par 3 159 Yds17 - Par 3 165 Yds
9 - Par 4 370 Yds18 - Par 4 402 Yds
36 3,247 Yds36 3,274 Yds
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-9 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jennifer Johnson
Runner-Up:  Pornanong Phatlum, Jessica Korda
Tournament Record:  267 (Jennifer Johnson, 2013)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Chella Choi, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Jessica Korda, 2013)
Course Record:  61 (Anna Nordqvist, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
2013 Finish
Jennifer Johnson267Chella Choi269
Pornanong Phatlum268Karrie Webb269
Jessica Korda268Anna Nordqvist269
Jiyai Shin269Stacy Lewis270
Ariya Jutanugarn269Two players at271
Past Airbus LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Jennifer Johnson (267) -- Pornanong Phatlum, Jessica Korda
2012Stacy Lewis (271) -- Lexi Thompson
2011Maria Hjorth (278) -- Song-Hee Kim
2010*#Se Ri Pak (203) -- Brittany Lincicome, Suzann Pettersen
2009Not Held
2008Angela Stanford (277) -- Shanshan Feng

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather-Shortened

Note:Formerly called Bell Micro LPGA Classic (2008-10),
Avnet LPGA Classic (2011), Mobile Bay LPGA Classic (2012-13).

Top Contenders in the Field
Jennifer Johnson---------T-45Won
Pornanong Phatlum------T-47T-12T-2
Jessica Korda------T-19T-52T-2
Karrie Webb---T-12T-37T-4T-4
Anna Nordqvist------T-19T-31T-4
Stacy LewisT-28mc5thWon9th
Lexi Thompson------T-192ndT-10
Azahara Munoz---T-4T-69T-4T-13
Sun Young YooT-28T-10T-23T-4T-22
Meena LeemcT-33---T-17T-22
Angela StanfordWon9thT-13T-37T-22
Sarah Jane SmithT-16T-16mcmcT-54
Michelle Wie---73rdmc---mc
Suzann PettersenT-10T-2T-3T-12---
Paula CreamerT-16---T-60T-37---
Yani TsengT-35T-33mc------
Inbee Park---T-16---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis
Darkhorse - Sarah Jane Smith
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lexi Thompson) - Finished tied for 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dewi Claire Schreefel) - Missed the cut
The LPGA Tour travels to Alabama this week for the Airbus LPGA Classic. This event is being held at Magnolia Grove Golf Course, which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The top two players in the world are in the field - Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis.

Park is still looking for her first victory of the season, following an incredible 2013 which saw her win six times, including three major championships. She has six top-10 finishes in eight events this year, including a second place finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.

Lewis leads the money list with over $850,000 in earnings. She won the North Texas LPGA Shootout three weeks ago and leads the tour in top-10 finishes with eight. Lewis can take over the top spot in the world rankings this week with a victory.

Young Americans Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie are two of the hottest players on tour. The 19-year-old Thompson has recorded four straight top-6 finishes, including her first major title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. The 24-year-old Wie has four straight top-10 finishes, including a victory at the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

The LPGA Tournament of Champions was held at Magnolia Grove from 1999-2007. Some of the past winners of that tournament were: Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Lorena Ochoa and Paula Creamer.

Last year, Jennifer Johnson fired a 7-under 65 in the final round and earned a 1-stroke win over Pornanong Phatlum and Jessica Korda. Johnson, who won for the first time on the LPGA Tour, finished at 21-under-par 267. Her total of 267 bettered the tournament's scoring record by four shots. Lewis set the old record of 271 in 2012.

In 2010, Pak made birdie from a fairway bunker to win a 3-way playoff at the rain-shortened event. Pak outlasted Brittany Lincicome and Suzann Pettersen in the playoff to capture her 25th career LPGA Tour victory. With the win, her first since the 2007 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Pak moved to 6-0 all- time in playoffs on the LPGA Tour.

The 2009 version was not held that year, as the venue for the tournament underwent significant enhancements in the neighborhood of $5.1 million. In addition, the date was changed to a spring date.

Angela Stanford captured the 2008 tournament when it became the first full-field, LPGA Tour event at Magnolia Grove Golf Course. Despite a final round of 73, Stanford edged Shanshan Feng by one shot.

The LPGA Tour heads to New Jersey next week for the ShopRite LGPA Classic in Galloway, where Webb will defend her title.

05/20 16:01:20 ET

As of May 20, 2014, at 04:01 PM ET