LPGA - Honda LPGA Thailand Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st
SITE: Siam Country Club (Plantation Course), Chonburi, Thailand
COURSE ARCHITECT: I. Izumi (1971), Lee Schmidt (2007)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,477
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 375 yds10 - Par 4 387 yds
2 - Par 5 537 yds11 - Par 5 500 yds
3 - Par 3 164 yds12 - Par 3 178 yds
4 - Par 4 382 yds13 - Par 5 520 yds
5 - Par 4 287 yds14 - Par 4 396 yds
6 - Par 5 515 yds15 - Par 4 354 yds
7 - Par 4 382 yds16 - Par 3 172 yds
8 - Par 3 145 yds17 - Par 4 423 yds
9 - Par 4 400 yds18 - Par 4 360 yds
36 3,187 yds36 3,290 yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Runner-Up:  Laura Davies
Tournament Record:  267 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007)
Tournament Record:  196 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Nicole Castrale, 2006; Suzann Pettersen, 2007)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007)
Total Purse:  $1,450,000
Shares:  1st Place - $217,500; 2nd Place - $132,422; 3rd Place - $96,062
2007 Finish
Suzann Pettersen267Annika Sorenstam275
Laura Davies268Alena Sharp277
Paula Creamer270Laura Diaz278
Rachel Hetherington272Reilley Rankin278
Stacy Prammanasudh274Katherine Hull210
Past Honda LPGA Thailand Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Tournament Not Held
2007Suzann Pettersen (267) -- Laura Davies
2006Hee-Won Han (202) -- Diana D'Alessio

Top Contenders in the Field
Suzann PettersenT-38Won
Laura DaviesT-172nd
Paula Creamer---3rd
Stacy PrammanasudhT-175th
Laura DiazT-12T-8
Katherine Hull---10th
Hee-Won HanWonT-11
Brittany LangT-6T-11
Sophie GustafsonT-43T-11
Seon Hwa Lee---T-11
Morgan Pressel---T-15
Angela Park---T-22
Christina KimT-6T-33
Se Ri Pak---T-44
Ai Miyazato---T-57
Cristie KerrT-6---
Helen AlfredssonT-27---
Lorena Ochoa------
Jiyai Shin------
Angela Stanford------
Yani Tseng------
Karrie Webb------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Angela Stanford
Darkhorse - Brittany Lang
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jiyai Shin) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Eun n-Hee Ji) - Finished tied for 10th
The LPGA Tour travels to Thailand this week for the first of two straight events in Asia. This is the third installment of the Honda LPGA Thailand, but first since October 2007. An outstanding field is on hand this week, as the top-10 players in the world are expected to play. World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa will make her season debut this week. Ochoa is coming off her third straight LPGA Tour Player of the Year campaign, as she captured seven tournaments, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

In 2007, Suzann Pettersen drained a 15-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole to defeat Laura Davies by one stroke and win the Honda LPGA Thailand for her fifth LPGA Tour victory in 2007. 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. Pettersen has not won on the LPGA Tour since this event in 2007.

Amateur Ariya Jutanugarn 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. Michelle 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. Jutanugarn's older sister, Moriya, will play in the tournament this year at 14 years old. Moriya became the first girl winner of the Junior British Open last year.

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

The field this week is comprised of 60 players - 50 LPGA Tour players and 10 sponsor invites. The purse increased $150,000 this year to $1.45 million, with the winner receiving $217,500.

The LPGA Tour concludes their two-week stay in Asia next week with the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore, where Ochoa captured the 2008 event.

02/26 12:16:27 ET

As of February 26, 2009, at 12:16 PM ET