LPGA - Honda LPGA Thailand Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st
SITE: Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand
COURSE ARCHITECT: I. Izumi (1971), Lee Schmidt (2007)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,548
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 379 yds10 - Par 4 391 yds
2 - Par 5 541 yds11 - Par 5 524 yds
3 - Par 3 168 yds12 - Par 3 182 yds
4 - Par 4 386 yds13 - Par 5 524 yds
5 - Par 4 291 yds14 - Par 4 400 yds
6 - Par 5 519 yds15 - Par 4 358 yds
7 - Par 4 386 yds16 - Par 3 176 yds
8 - Par 3 149 yds17 - Par 4 426 yds
9 - Par 4 404 yds18 - Par 4 364 yds
36 3,223 yds36 3,325 yds
Annual:  9th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 1-5 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Anna Nordqvist
Runner-Up:  Inbee Park
Tournament Record:  267 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007; Ai Miyazato, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Suzann Pettersen, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007; Stacy Prammanasudh, 2009;
  Ai Miyazato, 2010; I.K. Kim, 2011; Stacy Lewis, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $225,000; 2nd Place - $136,988; 3rd Place - $99,375
2014 Finish
Anna Nordqvist273Yani Tseng279
Inbee Park275Gerina Piller279
Catriona Matthew277Stacy Lewis279
Michelle Wie278Lexi Thompson279
Julieta Granada279Suzann Pettersen280
Past Honda LPGA Thailand Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Anna Nordqvist (273) -- Inbee Park
2013Inbee Park (276) -- Ariya Jutanugarn
2012Yani Tseng (269) -- Ai Miyazato
2011Yani Tseng (273) -- Michelle Wie
2010Ai Miyazato (267) -- Suzann Pettersen
2009Lorena Ochoa (274) -- Hee Young Park
2008Tournament Not Held
2007Suzann Pettersen (267) -- Laura Davies
2006Hee-Won Han (202) -- Diana D'Alessio

Top Contenders in the Field
Anna Nordqvist---31stT-26T-18T-56Won
Inbee ParkT-46T-47T-43T-41Won2nd
Michelle Wie---T-222ndT-3845th4th
Yani TsengT-73rdWonWonT-3T-5
Stacy Lewis---T-22T-18T-5T-3T-5
Lexi Thompson---------T-14T-12T-5
Suzann PettersenT-422ndT-8T-21T-2110th
So Yeon Ryu------------T-3T-11
Angela StanfordT-7T-16T-29T-18T-25T-14
Na Yeon ChoiT-13T-13T-15T-257thT-17
Se Ri PakT-53T-32T-35T-25T-19T-17
Karrie WebbT-19T-4T-3T-9T-28T-19
Shanshan FengT-22---T-38T-5T-8T-22
Cristie KerrT-19T-4T-18T-14T-38T-22
Brittany Lincicome---T-26T-18T-21T-33T-28
Paula Creamer3rdwd5thT-49T-33T-30
Chella Choi---------T-33T-3334th
Amy Yang---10th7th4thT-12T-45
Ai MiyazatoT-22WonT-292ndT-21T-45
Ariya Jutanugarn---30thT-8T-122ndT-51
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Amy Yang
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lydia Ko) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ariya Jutanugarn) - Finished 3rd
The 2015 LPGA Tour season continues this week with the first of two straight events in Asia. This is the ninth installment of the Honda LPGA Thailand. An outstanding field is on hand, as nine of the top-10 players in the world are expected to play.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko is the only top-10 player not in the field. Ko increased her lead atop the world rankings last week by winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. World No. 2 Inbee Park and world No. 3 Stacy Lewis will look to gain some ground on Ko this week. Park and Lewis are both looking for their first victory of the season, after winning three times each last year.

Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng has an outstanding record at this event, finishing in the top-7 in all six of her appearances, including two victories. She has finished T-7 (2009), 3rd (2010), Won (2011), Won (2012), T-3 (2013) and T-5 (2014). Tseng, however, has not won a tournament since capturing the Kia Classic in 2012.

Last year, Anna Nordqvist carded rounds of 66-72-67-68 for a 2-stroke victory over Inbee Park. Nordqvist earned her third career LPGA Tour title in wire-to- wire fashion at 15-under-par 273. It was her first victory since her rookie year of 2009.

In 2013, Park shot a final-round 67 and was in the clubhouse two strokes behind overnight-leader and Thailand native Ariya Jutanugarn, who triple- bogeyed the par-5 last to give Park the title.

In 2012, Tseng birdied the final two holes to fend off Ai Miyazato and win by one stroke. Tseng fired rounds of 73-65-65-66 to repeat as champion. She finished at 19-under-par 269 to pick up her 13th LPGA Tour title.

In 2011, Tseng shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to win. Tseng, who won the previous two weeks on the Ladies European Tour to claim the top spot in the world for the first time, finished at 15-under par 207 and ended with a convincing 5-stroke win over Michelle Wie.

In 2010, Miyazato erased a 6-shot deficit in the final round with a course- record tying, 9-under 63 to come from behind and win by one over Suzann Pettersen. Miyazato finished at 21-under-par 267 to match Pettersen's tournament scoring record. Pettersen set the mark when she won in 2007.

Pettersen drained a 15-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole in 2007 to defeat Laura Davies by one stroke and win this tournament for her fifth LPGA Tour victory of the season. Davies missed her 25-foot eagle attempt on the same hole and settled for birdie to end one shot back. Pettersen fired a course- record 63 in the third round to jump in front by seven strokes. She settled for a 71 in the final round to hang on for the win.

Jutanugarn, then an amateur, qualified for this event in 2007, becoming the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event. She was 11 years, 11 months and 2 days old at the start of the tournament. Wie held the previous mark when she qualified for the 2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic at 12 years, 4 months and 14 days old. Jutanugarn finished in a tie for 48th after rounds of 75-74-74.

In 2006, Hee-Won Han posted her third consecutive round in the 60s in the final round to run away with this event, her sixth career victory and second win of 2006. Han shot a 5-under 67 in the final round, completing the first-ever LPGA tournament in Thailand at 14-under-par 202 for a 5-shot victory over Diana D'Alessio.

The LPGA Tour concludes its 2-week stay in Asia next week with the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore, where American Paula Creamer won last season.

02/24 17:19:29 ET

As of February 24, 2015, at 05:20 PM ET

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