LPGA - Portland Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, August 28th through Sunday, August 31st
SITE: Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Oregon
COURSE ARCHITECT: Vernon Macan (1925), Bob Cupp (1993)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,465
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 370 Yds10 - Par 5 512 Yds
2 - Par 3 166 Yds11 - Par 4 337 Yds
3 - Par 4 409 Yds12 - Par 5 545 Yds
4 - Par 4 391 Yds13 - Par 3 160 Yds
5 - Par 5 489 Yds14 - Par 4 362 Yds
6 - Par 4 379 Yds15 - Par 4 372 Yds
7 - Par 5 463 Yds16 - Par 3 175 Yds
8 - Par 3 145 Yds17 - Par 4 397 Yds
9 - Par 4 410 Yds18 - Par 4 383 Yds
36 3,222 Yds36 3,243 Yds
Annual:  43rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et),
  - Friday/Saturday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Runner-Up:  Stacy Lewis
Tournament Record:  268 (Suzann Pettersen, 2013)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Yani Tseng, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Pornanong Phatlum, 2013)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002; Beth Daniel, 2003)
Total Purse:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
2013 Finish
Suzann Pettersen268Gerina Piller274
Stacy Lewis270Sandra Gal274
Lizette Salas271Karrie Webb275
Cristie Kerr272Six players at276
Caroline Masson273
Past Portland Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Suzann Pettersen (268) -- Stacy Lewis
2012Mika Miyazato (203) -- Inbee Park, Brittany Lincicome
2011*Suzann Pettersen (207) -- Na Yeon Choi
2010Ai Miyazato (205) -- Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi
2009*M.J. Hur (203) -- Suzann Pettersen, Michele Redman
2008*Cristie Kerr (203) -- Helen Alfredsson, Sophie Gustafson
2007Lorena Ochoa (204) -- Sophie Gustafson, Mhairi McKay, Christina Kim,
Inbee Park
2006Pat Hurst (206) -- Kim Saiki, Jeong Jang
2005Soo-Yun Kang (201) -- Jeong Jang
2004*Hee-Won Han (207) -- Lorie Kane
2003Annika Sorenstam (201) -- Beth Daniel
2002Annika Sorenstam (199) -- Kate Golden
2001Not held due to tragedies of September 11th
2000*Mi Hyun Kim (215) -- Jeong Jang
1999Juli Inkster (207) -- Tina Barrett, Grace Park
1998Danielle Ammaccapane (204) -- Emilee Klein
1997Chris Johnson (206) -- Kim Saiki, Lisa Hackney
1996Dottie Pepper (202) -- Chris Johnson
1995Alison Nicholas (207) -- Kelly Robbins
1994Missie McGeorge (207) -- Betsy King
1993Donna Andrews (208) -- Missie McGeorge, Tina Barrett
1992*Nancy Lopez (209) -- Jane Crafter
1991Michelle Estill (208) -- Rosie Jones
1990Patty Sheehan (208) -- Danielle Ammaccapane
1989Muffin Spencer-Devlin (214) -- Nancy Lopez, Tammie Green, Susan Sanders,
Dawn Coe-Jones
1988Betsy King (213) -- Colleen Walker
1987Nancy Lopez (210) -- Kelly Leadbetter, Muffin Spencer-Devlin,
Jan Stephenson
1986Ayako Okamoto (207) -- Colleen Walker, Nancy Lopez
1985Nancy Lopez (215) -- Lori Garbacz
1984Amy Alcott (212) -- Kathy Baker
1983*JoAnne Carner (212) -- Charlotte Montgomery
1982*Sandra Haynie/Kathy McMullen (196) -- Sharon Barrett/Nancy Rubin,
Lori Garbacz/Patti Rizzo
1981*Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (203) -- JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin
1980Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (195) -- Janet Alex/Judy Clark
1979Nancy Lopez/Jo Ann Washam (198) -- Susie Berning/Carole Jo Skala
1978*Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (203) -- Murle Breer/Barbara Moxness
1977*JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin (202) -- Betty Burfeindt/Pam Higgins
1976*Donna Caponi (217) -- Clifford Ann Creed
1975Jo Ann Washam (215) -- Sandra Haynie
1974JoAnne Carner (211) -- Donna Caponi
1973#Kathy Whitworth (144) -- Sandra Palmer
1972Kathy Whitworth (212) -- Sandra Haynie

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Safeway Classic (2001-13), Safeway LPGA Golf
Championship (1996-2000), Ping-AT&T Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship (1995), Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship (1986-94), Portland Ping Championship (1983-85), Portland Team Championship (1977-82), Portland Classic (1972-76).

Top Contenders in the Field
Suzann Pettersenmc---------T-17T-2T-4WonT-26Won
Lizette Salas------------------------T-123rd
Yani Tseng------------mcT-34T-45T-1311thT-9
Na Yeon Choi------------T-17T-45T-22ndT-16T-15
Ai Miyazato------T-25mcmcT-4WonT-8T-16T-15
Angela StanfordT-15mc---T-12T-44T-8T-23mcT-19T-15
Anna Nordqvist---------------7thT-65T-13T-49T-15
Hee-Won HanWonT-10T-14---5thmcT-63T-40T-26T-26
I.K. Kim---------80th---mcT-6mcT-9T-38
Mika Miyazato---------------T-27T-55T-13WonT-44
Mi Jung Hur---------------WonmcT-53T-44T-82
So Yeon Ryu------------------------T-4---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Suzann Pettersen
Darkhorse - Na Yeon Choi
Last Week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Azahara Munoz) - Finished 4th
The LPGA Tour travels to Oregon this week for the Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. This tournament was previously known as the Safeway Classic. Two of the top five players in the world are in the field - defending champion Suzann Pettersen (4) and So Yeon Ryu (5).

Pettersen is still looking for her first victory of the year, after a 4-win season in 2013. She has five straight top-7 finishes. Ryu is coming off a victory last week at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. She has seven top-10 finishes in her last 10 events.

The tournament is a 72-hole event this year, after previously being 54 holes. This tournament, which was a team event for six years from 1977-82, was dominated by Donna Caponi and Kathy Whitworth. The duo titled three times, including back-to-back years in 1980-81. The tournament has raised over $17 million for local children's charities in Oregon since 1972.

Last year, Pettersen bounced back from an early double-bogey in the final round with eight birdies in an 11-hole span, and that helped her rally to win. Pettersen, who also won this title in 2011, ended the tournament at 20-under-par 268.

In 2012, Mika Miyazato carded rounds of 65-68-70 and held on for a 2-stroke victory over Inbee Park and Brittany Lincicome and her first LPGA Tour title. Miyazato finished at 13-under par 203.

In 2011, Pettersen parred the first playoff hole to defeat Na Yeon Choi. Pettersen fired a 7-under 64 in the final round, then waited more than two hours as the remainder of the field finished their rounds. Choi, the second-round leader, was nine strokes ahead of Pettersen to start the day, but closed with a 2-over 73 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Choi's bogey on the final hole of regulation forced the playoff as the duo ended 54 holes at 6-under-par 207. Pettersen's 64 was the low round of the final day by three strokes.

In 2010, Ai Miyazato charged in front with a 66 in the first round and led wire-to-wire, winning by two strokes over Cristie Kerr and Choi. Miyazato finished at 11-under-par 205 and won her fifth title of 2010. It was the first time she won in wire-to-wire fashion on the LPGA Tour.

In 2009, M.J. Hur birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Pettersen and Michele Redman to win her first LPGA Tour title.

Lorena Ochoa collected her third win in a row on the LPGA Tour in 2007 when she cruised to a 5-shot victory. Ochoa only needed a one-under 71 in the final round, after firing 67-66 on the first two days, to post a 12-under- par 204 total. Ochoa captured the Women's British Open and the Canadian Women's Open for the first two wins of her streak.

Soo-Yun Kang was the only player to shoot three rounds in the 60s (64-68-69) in 2005, as she won wire-to-wire. Kang ended the 3-day tournament at 15-under- par 201 for a 4-stroke victory over Jeong Jang, the first of her career.

When Annika Sorenstam won in 2002, she carded a course-record 62 in the second round. With her win in 2003, Sorenstam joined Kathy Whitworth as the only players to win this tournament two straight years. Sorenstam posted six top-10 finishes in her nine appearances.

The LPGA Tour heads overseas in two weeks for the fifth and final major of the year, The Evian Championship in France, where Pettersen captured the 2013 title.

08/26 13:57:11 ET

As of August 26, 2014, at 01:57 PM ET