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| ||This is the inaugural LPGA Tour Championship and it took the place on the
schedule formerly occupied by the ADT Championship. It also marks the first
time in over 20 years that the LPGA Tour is in the Houston area for a
full-field event and there is a lot on the line come Thursday. The Player of
the Year race, led by the Rookie of the Year Jiyai Shin, is up for grabs.
Shin already wrapped up the rookie honor and can become the first player
since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win both accolades. Cristie Kerr is in the best
position to catch Shin for Player of the Year and the money title. World No.
1 Lorena Ochoa hasn`t had her normal dominant season, but it is always a
factor. The 120-player field will be cut to the low 70 women after the second
round, then an additional cut will be made after the third round to the low
30 players battling for the title.