LPGA Tour
LPGA - McDonald's LPGA Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th
SITE: Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, Maryland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (1998)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,633
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 358 yds10 - Par 4 373 yds
2 - Par 5 555 yds11 - Par 5 596 yds
3 - Par 3 160 yds12 - Par 3 168 yds
4 - Par 4 380 yds13 - Par 4 415 yds
5 - Par 4 389 yds14 - Par 4 372 yds
6 - Par 4 387 yds15 - Par 5 493 yds
7 - Par 3 170 yds16 - Par 4 330 yds
8 - Par 5 481 yds17 - Par 3 171 yds
9 - Par 4 413 yds18 - Par 4 422 yds
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36 3,293 yds36 3,340 yds
 
Annual:  55th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-3:30 p.m. (et),
  Saturday/Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Yani Tseng
Runner-Up:  Maria Hjorth
Tournament Record (Par 71):  267 (Betsy King, 1992 - Bethesda Country Club)
Tournament Record (Par 72):  272 (Patty Sheehan, 1984 - Jack Nicklaus G.C.)
54-Hole Record (Par 71):  199 (Annika Sorenstam, 2004 - DuPont Country Club)
54-Hole Record (Par 72):  204 (Patty Sheehan, 1984 - Jack Nicklaus Golf Club;
  Annika Sorenstam, 2005, Jee Young Lee, 2008 -
  Bulle Rock Golf Course)
36-Hole Record (Par 71):  131 (Karrie Webb, 2001 - DuPont Country Club)
36-Hole Record (Par 72):  134 (Lorena Ochoa, 2008 - Bulle Rock Golf Course)
18-Hole Tournament Record:  63 (Patty Sheehan, 1984 - Jack Nicklaus Golf Club;
  Meg Mallon, 1999 - DuPont Country Club)
Course Record:  64 (Nicole Castrale, 2006)
Total Purse:  $2,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $300,000; 2nd Place - $182,650; 3rd Place - $132,500
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Yani Tseng *276Morgan Pressel280
Maria Hjorth276Shi Hyun Ahn280
Lorena Ochoa277Kelli Kuehne280
Annika Sorenstam277Irene Cho280
Laura Diaz278Eight players at281

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past McDonald's LPGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008*Yani Tseng (276) -- Maria Hjorth
2007Suzann Pettersen (274) -- Karrie Webb
2006*Se Ri Pak (280) -- Karrie Webb
2005Annika Sorenstam (277) -- Michelle Wie (a)
2004Annika Sorenstam (271) -- Shi Hyun Ahn
2003*Annika Sorenstam (278) -- Grace Park
2002Se Ri Pak (279) -- Beth Daniel
2001Karrie Webb (270) -- Laura Diaz
2000*Juli Inkster (281) -- Stefania Croce
1999Juli Inkster (268) -- Liselotte Neumann
1998Se Ri Pak (273) -- Donna Andrews, Lisa Hackney
1997*Chris Johnson (281) -- Leta Lindley
1996#Laura Davies (213) -- Julie Piers
1995Kelly Robbins (274) -- Laura Davies
1994Laura Davies (279) -- Alice Ritzman
1993Patty Sheehan (275) -- Lauri Merten
1992Betsy King (267) -- JoAnne Carner, Karen Noble, Liselotte Neumann
1991Meg Mallon (274) -- Pat Bradley, Ayako Okamoto
1990Beth Daniel (280) -- Rosie Jones
1989Nancy Lopez (274) -- Ayako Okamoto
1988Sherri Turner (281) -- Amy Alcott
1987Jane Geddes (275) -- Betsy King
1986Pat Bradley (277) -- Patty Sheehan
1985Nancy Lopez (273) -- Alice Miller
1984Patty Sheehan (272) -- Beth Daniel, Pat Bradley
1983Patty Sheehan (279) -- Sandra Haynie
1982Jan Stephenson (279) -- JoAnne Carner
1981Donna Caponi (280) -- Jerilyn Britz, Pat Meyers
1980Sally Little (285) -- Jane Blalock
1979Donna Caponi (279) -- Jerilyn Britz
1978Nancy Lopez (275) -- Amy Alcott
1977Chako Higuchi (279) -- Pat Bradley, Sandra Post, Judy Rankin
1976Betty Burfeindt (287) -- Judy Rankin
1975Kathy Whitworth (288) -- Sandra Haynie
1974Sandra Haynie (288) -- JoAnne Carner
1973Mary Mills (288) -- Betty Burfeindt
1972Kathy Ahern (293) -- Jane Blalock
1971Kathy Whitworth (288) -- Kathy Ahern
1970* Shirley Englehorn (285) -- Kathy Whitworth
1969Betsy Rawls (293) -- Susie Berning, Carol Mann
1968* Sandra Post (294) -- Kathy Whitworth
1967Kathy Whitworth (284) -- Shirley Englehorn
1966Gloria Ehret (282) -- Mickey Wright
1965Sandra Haynie (279) -- Clifford A. Creed
1964Mary Mills (278) -- Mickey Wright
1963Mickey Wright (294) -- Mary Lena Faulk, Mary Mills, Louise Suggs
1962Judy Kimball (282) -- Shirley Spork
1961Mickey Wright (287) -- Louise Suggs
1960Mickey Wright (292) -- Louise Suggs
1959Betsy Rawls (288) -- Patty Berg
1958Mickey Wright (288) -- Fay Crocker
1957Louise Suggs (285) -- Wiffi Smith
1956* Marlene Hagge (291) -- Patty Berg
1955Beverly Hanson (220) -- Louise Suggs

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called LPGA Championship (1955-87), Mazda LPGA Championship
(1987-93).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Yani Tseng---------------------------Won
Maria HjorthT-63mcT-3T-22mcmc71stT-39T-332nd
Lorena Ochoa------------T-20T-8T-5T-9T-6T-3
Laura DiazmcT-402ndT-20T-30mcT-20T-25T-815th
Morgan Pressel---------------------T-6914thT-6
Shi Hyun Ahn---------------2ndT-25T-5T-21T-6
Paula Creamer------------------T-3T-49T-6T-10
Nicole Castrale---------------------T-34T-10T-10
Mi Hyun KimT-26T-128thT-33T-30T-30T-7T-3T-15T-10
Cristie KerrT-5wdmcT-41T-34T-17T-33T-3T-18T-10
Seon Hwa Lee---------------------T-16T-36T-10
Jee Young Lee---------------------T-14T-10T-18
Brittany Lang------------------------T-69T-18
Jill McGillT-7T-52mcmcT-41T-70T-54T-54mcT-18
Angela Stanford------mcT-59T-27T-4T-16T-29T-33T-25
Momoko Ueda---------------------------T-25
Karrie WebbmcT-9WonT-4T-56T-39T-202nd2ndT-29
Liselotte Neumann2ndmcT-12T-52T-67mcT-31T-2968thT-29
Suzann Pettersen------------T-11mcT-49T-20WonT-34
Young Kim------------T-6T-30T-7T-9wdT-34
Lorie KaneT-26mcT-12T-33T-34T-49T-46mcT-62T-40
Stacy Prammanasudh---------------T-23T-33mcT-15T-46
Se Ri PakT-7T-3T-39WonT-46T-17mcWonT-33T-46
R. HetheringtonT-42mcT-17T-15T-3T-49T-42T-34T-59T-46
Jennifer Rosales---T-40mcT-47T-11T-13T-16wd---T-46
Wendy DoolanT-42T-17T-15---T-56T-8T-54T-65T-25T-56
Michele RedmanmcT-17T-10T-6T-11mcT-49T-39T-46T-58
Soo-Yun Kang------------mcT-8wdmcwdT-73
Sophie GustafsonT-54T-40mcmcmcT-74mcT-44T-6mc
In-Kyung Kim------------------------T-21mc
Pat Hurst---T-17T-17T-41T-43T-13T-7T-5T-25mc
Laura DaviesT-7T-6T-6mcmcT-42T-3T-65T-30mc
Meena Lee------------------T-20T-14T-46mc
Christina Kim------------mcT-6T-33T-61T-56mc
Sung Ah Yim------------------T-54T-9T-76mc
Wendy WardmcT-3T-3mcT-11T-30mcT-16mcmc
Carin KochT-36T-40T-17T-6---T-11T-7T-49mcmc
Meg MallonT-11T-17T-17T-12T-2716thT-33---mcmc
Song-Hee Kim------------------------mcmc
Natalie Gulbis---------T-15T-20T-61T-5T-20---mc
Helen Alfredssonmcmc9thmcmcT-61mcmc---mc
Juli InksterWonWonT-15T-4T-37T-6T-13T-34T-21---
Jiyai Shin------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Angela Stanford
Darkhorse - Song-Hee Kim
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Paula Creamer) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ai Miyazato) - Finished tied for 6th
 
NOTES:
The second major of the year is here as world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa goes for her third major championship. Defending champion and world No. 2 Yani Tseng leads the contingent of players standing in Ochoa's path. The top American, world No. 3 Paula Creamer, will be looking to break through and capture her first major title. American Brittany Lincicome won the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, in April.

Last year, Tseng, a 19-year-old rookie from Taiwan, made a birdie on the fourth playoff hole to defeat Maria Hjorth at the McDonald's LPGA Championship. Tseng became the second-youngest woman to win a major championship and the first from Taiwan. Morgan Pressel was 18 when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Tseng knocked a 175-yard approach shot to six feet at the 18th green, then rolled in the birdie putt to end the marathon sudden-death playoff. Hjorth had three putts to win in the span of about 30 minutes -- one in regulation, two in the playoff -- but couldn't hole any of them. She missed a 16-footer for birdie on what ended up being the last playoff hole. Hjorth overcame a disastrous double-bogey at the 13th hole with back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th that gave her a one-shot lead over Tseng. But she missed a four-foot par putt at the 17th to fall into a tie, then missed a 12-footer for birdie at the 18th that would have given her the win. Hjorth closed with a one-under 71 in the final round. Tseng fired a four-under 68 in hot, humid conditions at Bulle Rock to join her at 12-under-par 276 overall.

In 2007, Suzann Pettersen won her first major by edging out Karrie Webb at the McDonald's LPGA Championship, atoning for her collapse at the first major of 2007, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. In that tournament, Pettersen gave away four shots in a three-hole stretch at the end of the final round, handing Pressel her first major instead.

In 2006, Se Ri Pak birdied the first playoff hole to knock off Webb for her fifth career major title and third McDonald's LPGA Championship. When Pak completed her first round in 2007, she officially became the first South Korean to enter the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame. Pak earned the required number of points to qualify for the Hall of Fame in 2004 when she captured the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill.

In 2005, Annika Sorenstam opened with rounds of 68-67-69 to open a five-shot lead heading into the final round. She managed a one-over 73 on the final day to win her third straight LPGA Championship by three strokes over Michelle Wie. Sorenstam completed the event at 11-under-par 277. She won the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier in 2005 and became the first player since Pat Bradley in 1986 to win the season's first two majors. Sorenstam also became the first woman to win the same major three consecutive years. The one-over 73 snapped her run of 14 straight rounds in the 60s, an LPGA Tour record. Sorenstam is the all-time money leader at this event with $1,264,146 in earnings. She finished outside of the top-16 only once in 14 career appearances. Sorenstam finished tied for third in her final appearance in 2008.

When Webb captured the 2001 event, she became the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam. Webb set records for nine (29) and 36-hole marks (131). At the age of 26, Webb joined Mickey Wright, Louise Suggs, Bradley and Juli Inkster as the only players to win four different majors in their LPGA careers. Sorenstam joined that impressive list in 2003 after winning the Women's British Open.

This is the fifth straight year that the McDonald's LPGA Championship is being held at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The event was held at DuPont Country Club from 1994-2004, Bethesda Country Club from 1990-93 and Jack Nicklaus Golf Club from 1978-89. Prior to that, the event was held at numerous venues.

There have been 12 multiple champions of this event, led by four-time winner Wright. There have been five rookies who have captured this title - Marlene Hagge (1956), Sandra Post (1968), Nancy Lopez (1978), Pak (1998) and Tseng (2008).

The LPGA Tour moves to Pittsford, New York in two weeks for the Wegmans LPGA, where Eun-Hee Ji is the defending champion.

06/09 14:27:44 ET

As of June 9, 2009, at 02:28 PM ET