LPGA Tour
LPGA - LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 16th through Sunday, October 19th
SITE: Sky 72 Golf Club (Ocean Course), Incheon, South Korea
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2005)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,364
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 383 yds10 - Par 4 373 yds
2 - Par 4 377 yds11 - Par 4 360 yds
3 - Par 3 147 yds12 - Par 3 175 yds
4 - Par 4 327 yds13 - Par 5 553 yds
5 - Par 5 476 yds14 - Par 4 403 yds
6 - Par 4 341 yds15 - Par 4 323 yds
7 - Par 5 524 yds16 - Par 4 377 yds
8 - Par 3 174 yds17 - Par 3 148 yds
9 - Par 4 403 yds18 - Par 5 500 yds
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36 3,152 yds36 3,212 yds
 
Annual:  13th
Television:  Golf Channel - Wednesday -- 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Saturday -- 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Amy Yang
Runner-Up:  Hee Kyung Seo
Tournament Record:  200 (Grace Park, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Catriona Matthew, 2012)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Gloria Park, 2003 - Nine Bridges Golf Club)
Course Record:  63 (Suzann Pettersen, 2012)
Total Purse:  $2,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $300,000; 2nd Place - $182,650; 3rd Place - $132,500
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Amy Yang *207Ha-Neul Kim210
Hee Kyung Seo207Brittany Lincicome211
Sei Young Kim208Four players at212
Suzann Pettersen208
Michelle Wie208

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013*Amy Yang (207) -- Hee Kyung Seo
2012*Suzann Pettersen (205) -- Catriona Matthew
2011Yani Tseng (202) -- Na Yeon Choi
2010Na Yeon Choi (206) -- Vicky Hurst
2009Na Yeon Choi (206) -- Yani Tseng, Maria Hjorth
2008Candie Kung (210) -- Katherine Hull
2007#Suzann Pettersen (141) -- Eun-Hee Ji
2006Jin Joo Hong (205) -- Jeong Jang
2005Jee Young Lee (211) -- Carin Koch, Mi Hyun Kim
2004Grace Park (200) -- Annika Sorenstam, Carin Koch
2003Shi Hyun Ahn (204) -- Gloria Park, Se Ri Pak, Laura Davies, Grace Park
2002Se Ri Pak (213) -- Carin Koch
2001Tournament was canceled in the aftermath of September 11th

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather-Shortened

Note:Formerly called CJ Nine Bridges Classic (2001-05), KOLON-Hana Bank
Championship (2006), Hana Bank KOLON Championship (2007-09).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Amy Yang------------T-9T-48T-35T-7T-25Won
Suzann Pettersen------T-9WonT-34---T-4T-63WonT-3
Michelle Wie------------------T-12T-35T-30T-3
Se Ri PakT-11---3rdT-18T-17T-7---dq4thT-8
Brittany Lincicome------------------T-35T-3T-77th
Jiyai Shin------T-4T-23T-176thT-4T-7T-15T-8
Na Yeon Choi---T-14T-11T-8T-22WonWon2ndT-39T-17
Lexi Thompson------------------------T-5T-22
So Yeon Ryu------------T-46T-29T-12T-44T-7T-22
Hyo Joo Kim------------------------T-25T-22
Cristie Kerr---------T-8---T-44T-12T-35T-13T-28
Inbee Park---------T-40T-38T-77th62ndT-15T-28
Yani Tseng---------------T-2---Won3rdT-32
Brittany Lang------T-25T-31T-9T-7T-56T-13T-22T-32
Katherine Kirk---60th------2ndT-37T-12T-50T-33T-32
Paula Creamer---T-23T-6---T-9T-25T-4T-32---T-44
Azahara Munoz------------------T-31T-25T-7T-49
Lizette Salas---------------------------T-49
Pornanong Phatlum------------------------T-6173rd
Shanshan Feng------------T-38------T-13T-39---
Mirim Lee------------------T-65T-40------
Lydia Ko------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Pornanong Phatlum
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Suzann Pettersen) - Finished tied for 49th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brittany Lang) - Finished tied for 12th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to the Far East this week for the third of six straight events in Asia. This week's tournament is the LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship in South Korea and features only 78 players. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $2 million, with the winner receiving $300,000.

Four of the top-5 players in the world are in the field -- Inbee Park (2), Lydia Ko (3), Suzann Pettersen (4) and Shanshan Feng (5). Park will have a chance to gain some ground on world No. 1 Stacy Lewis for the money title. Lewis, who is not playing this week, currently leads Park by $568,843 atop the money list. Park has recorded six straight top-10 finishes, including a victory at the Wegmans LPGA Championship for her fifth career major win.

American Michelle Wie is playing for the first time since withdrawing from the Evian Championship four weeks ago with a hand injury. She has not made a cut since finishing tied for eighth at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in June.

No American has ever won this tournament. Wie tied for third last year. In contrast, there have been eight Korean winners in the event's 12-year history.

The tournament is being staged at the Ocean Course at Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, for the seventh straight year. For the first four years, the event was held at Nine Bridges Golf Club before it moved to Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort in 2006-07.

Last season, Amy Yang birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Hee Kyung Seo. Yang carded rounds of 67-71-69 to end at 9-under-par 207 with Seo. In the playoff, Yang converted a 15-foot birdie chance to earn her first LPGA Tour victory.

In 2012, Pettersen struggled in the final round, but erased any earlier mistakes with a birdie on the third playoff hole to win. Pettersen carded rounds of 63-68-74 and joined Catriona Matthew at 11-under-par 205. Pettersen converted a birdie effort on the third extra hole to beat Matthew and win for the ninth time on the LPGA Tour. It was the second time Pettersen won this title, as she also earned the crown in 2007.

In 2010, Na Yeon Choi closed with a 3-under 69 in the final round to come from behind and repeat as champion. Choi finished at 10-under-par 206 and won by two strokes over Vicky Hurst for her fourth LPGA Tour title. She was the only player in the field to shoot three rounds in the 60s.

Candie Kung carded a 3-under 69 in the final round of 2008 to win by one stroke over Katherine Hull. Kung completed her first LPGA Tour title in five years at 6-under 210.

Gusting winds prevented players from putting on the greens in 2007 at Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort and officials were forced to cancel the final round and declare Pettersen the winner. It was the fourth of five wins in 2007 for Pettersen. She shot rounds of 69-72 to finish two rounds at 3-under 141. Pettersen never teed off Sunday before being declared the winner.

Jin Joo Hong closed with a 2-under 70 in the final round of 2006 to win by three strokes over Jeong Jang. Hong, a member of the Korean LPGA Tour, was making her first career start on the LPGA Tour. Despite a double-bogey on the final hole, she finished at 11-under 205.

South Korean Jee Young Lee completed a wire-to-wire win in 2005 for her first LPGA Tour victory. Lee opened with a tournament-low 65 in the first round and closed with a pair of 73s to end the tournament at 5-under 211.

Local favorite Grace Park birdied three of her final four holes in the final round in 2004 to pull away and win by five strokes. Park completed the event with a tournament-record score of 16-under 200.

In 2003, Shi Hyun Ahn made her debut on the LPGA Tour in impressive fashion, as she led from start to finish en route to a 3-shot win.

The LPGA Tour returns to China next week for the inaugural Blue Bay LPGA at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course on Hainan Island.

10/14 17:19:32 ET

As of October 14, 2014, at 05:20 PM ET