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)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 395 Yds||10 - Par 4 380 Yds|
|2 - Par 3 180 Yds||11 - Par 4 398 Yds|
|3 - Par 4 350 Yds||12 - Par 4 376 Yds|
|4 - Par 5 528 Yds||13 - Par 5 529 Yds|
|5 - Par 4 392 Yds||14 - Par 3 149 Yds|
|6 - Par 5 488 Yds||15 - Par 4 390 Yds|
|7 - Par 4 385 Yds||16 - Par 5 485 Yds|
|8 - Par 3 159 Yds||17 - Par 3 165 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 370 Yds||18 - Par 4 402 Yds|
|36 3,247 Yds||36 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|
|Jennifer Johnson||267||Chella Choi||269|
|Pornanong Phatlum||268||Karrie Webb||269|
|Jessica Korda||268||Anna Nordqvist||269|
|Jiyai Shin||269||Stacy Lewis||270|
|Ariya Jutanugarn||269||Two players at||271|
|Past Airbus LPGA Classic Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||Jennifer Johnson (267) -- Pornanong Phatlum, Jessica Korda|
|2012||Stacy Lewis (271) -- Lexi Thompson|
|2011||Maria Hjorth (278) -- Song-Hee Kim|
|2010||*#Se Ri Pak (203) -- Brittany Lincicome, Suzann Pettersen|
|2008||Angela Stanford (277) -- Shanshan Feng|
|Note:Formerly called Bell Micro LPGA Classic (2008-10),|
Avnet LPGA Classic (2011), Mobile Bay LPGA Classic (2012-13).
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Sun Young Yoo||T-28||T-10||T-23||T-4||T-22|
|Sarah Jane Smith||T-16||T-16||mc||mc||T-54|
|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
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