LPGA - Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 5th through Sunday, June 8th
SITE: Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
COURSE ARCHITECT: Steve Young (2001)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,336
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 377 yds10 - Par 4 342 yds
2 - Par 4 385 yds11 - Par 4 355 yds
3 - Par 3 170 yds12 - Par 3 154 yds
4 - Par 4 402 yds13 - Par 4 414 yds
5 - Par 5 503 yds14 - Par 4 402 yds
6 - Par 5 522 yds15 - Par 4 378 yds
7 - Par 4 393 yds16 - Par 4 383 yds
8 - Par 4 328 yds17 - Par 3 183 yds
9 - Par 3 174 yds18 - Par 5 471 yds
36 3,254 yds36 3,082 yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 12-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-5 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Hee Young Park
Runner-Up:  Angela Stanford
Tournament Record:  258 (Hee Young Park, Angela Stanford, 2013)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Hee Young Park, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Catriona Matthew, 2013)
Course Record:  61 (Hee Young Park, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $225,000; 2nd Place - $136,988; 3rd Place - $99,375
2013 Finish
Hee Young Park *258Seven players at266
Angela Stanford258
Catriona Matthew261
Meena Lee264
Karine Icher265

* - Won in Playoff

Past Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013*Hee Young Park (258) -- Angela Stanford
2012*Brittany Lang (268) -- Inbee Park, Chella Choi, Hee Kyung Seo

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Hee Young ParkT-31Won
Angela StanfordT-502nd
Catriona Matthew---3rd
Stacy LewisT-5T-6
Suzann PettersenT-23T-6
Na Yeon ChoiT-40T-6
Inbee ParkT-2T-14
Chella ChoiT-2T-16
Michelle WieT-68T-16
Christina KimmcT-20
So Yeon RyuT-5T-20
I.K. KimT-12T-20
Anna NordqvistT-7T-26
Brittany LangWonmc
Shanshan FengT-7mc
Cristie Kerr------
Lydia Ko------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis
Darkhorse - Jennifer Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Michelle Wie) - Finished tied for 23rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jenny Shin) - Finished tied for 33rd
NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to Canada this week for the Manulife Financial
LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. Three of the top four players in the world are in the field -- American Stacy Lewis (1), Lydia Ko (3) and Suzann Pettersen (4). The tournament is being held at Grey Silo Golf Course for the third straight season. The course was designed by Steve Young and opened in 2001. The purse increased $200,000 from last year to $1.5 million, with the winner receiving $225,000.

Lewis moved back into the top spot in the world rankings with her win last week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Lewis was previously the No. 1 player in the world for four weeks in 2013. Inbee Park had been atop the rankings for 59 straight weeks. Lewis leads the LGPA Tour with 10 top-10 finishes in 12 events, including two victories. No other player has more than seven. Lewis leads the money list by more than $280,000 over fellow American Michelle Wie. She is the only player to surpass the $1 million mark so far this season with over $1.1 million in earnings.

A strong Canadian contingent will be in force this week, as six LPGA players from north of the border will compete. Lorie Kane, Sue Kim, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Rebecca-Lee Bentham, Alena Sharp and Jennifer Kirby will all represent Canada. In addition, 16-year-old amateur Brooke Henderson received a sponsor's exemption. Henderson is Canada's top-ranked amateur and No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Last year, Hee Young Park birdied the third playoff hole to top Angela Stanford. Park carded rounds of 61-65 on the weekend to finish the tournament at 26-under-par 258 with Stanford and capture her second career LPGA title.

Brittany Lang rolled in a short birdie putt on the third playoff hole in 2013 to capture her first LPGA Tour title. Lang toppled Hee Kyung Seo, Chella Choi and third-round leader Inbee Park in the playoff. Choi was eliminated on the first extra hole, then Park was knocked out on the second hole. It came down to Lang and Seo, and Lang poured in a 5-footer for birdie to get the victory. Lang became the first Duke graduate to win on the LPGA Tour.

The LPGA Tour heads to North Carolina in two weeks for the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where Inbee Park will defend her title.

06/03 16:50:12 ET

As of June 3, 2014, at 04:50 PM ET