LPGA - Wegmans LPGA Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th
SITE: Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New York
COURSE ARCHITECT: Seymour Dunn (1927), Ron Prichard (1997-2000, renovation)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,365
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 386 yds10 - Par 4 383 yds
2 - Par 4 337 yds11 - Par 5 509 yds
3 - Par 4 359 yds12 - Par 4 361 yds
4 - Par 5 514 yds13 - Par 4 386 yds
5 - Par 3 161 yds14 - Par 4 381 yds
6 - Par 4 439 yds15 - Par 3 150 yds
7 - Par 3 178 yds16 - Par 4 341 yds
8 - Par 5 466 yds17 - Par 5 468 yds
9 - Par 3 161 yds18 - Par 4 385 yds
35 3,001 yds37 3,364 yds
Annual:  33rd
Television:  ESPN2 - Friday -- 5-7 p.m. (et),
  Saturday -- 3-5 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Eun-Hee Ji
Runner-Up:  Suzann Pettersen
Tournament Record:  269 (Patty Sheehan, 1992)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Patty Sheehan, 1992)
36-Hole Record:  134 (Amy Alcott, 1990; Betsy King, 1994; Morgan Pressel, 2008)
Course Record:  63 (Patty Sheehan, 1992; Tammie Green, 1993)
Total Purse:  $2,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $300,000; 2nd Place - $182,650; 3rd Place - $132,500
2008 Finish
Eun-Hee Ji272Christina Kim279
Suzann Pettersen274Lorena Ochoa279
Jeong Jang276Ai Miyazato279
Hee-Won Han276Inbee Park279
Cristie Kerr277Paula Creamer280
Morgan Pressel280
Past Wegmans LPGA Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Eun-Hee Ji (272) -- Suzann Pettersen
2007*Lorena Ochoa (280) -- In-Kyung Kim
2006Jeong Jang (275) -- Julieta Granada
2005Lorena Ochoa (273) -- Paula Creamer
2004Kim Saiki (274) -- Mi Hyun Kim, Rosie Jones
2003Rachel Teske (277) -- Lorena Ochoa
2002Karrie Webb (276) -- Mi Hyun Kim
2001Laura Davies (279) -- Wendy Ward, Maria Hjorth
2000Meg Mallon (280) -- Wendy Doolan
1999Karrie Webb (280) -- Cindy McCurdy
1998Rosie Jones (279) -- Juli Inkster
1997Penny Hammel (279) -- Tammie Green, Dottie Pepper, Nanci Bowen
1996#Dottie Pepper (206) -- Annika Sorenstam
1995Patty Sheehan (278) -- Sherri Steinhauer
1994Lisa Kiggens (273) -- Dawn Coe-Jones
1993Tammie Green (276) -- Patty Sheehan
1992Patty Sheehan (269) -- Nancy Lopez
1991Rosie Jones (276) -- Brandie Burton, Danielle Ammaccapane
1990Patty Sheehan (271) -- Amy Alcott
1989*Patty Sheehan (278) -- Ayako Okamoto
1988*Mei-Chi Cheng (287) -- Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan
1987Deb Richard (280) -- Amy Alcott, Shirley Furlong, Laurie Rinker,
Lori Garbacz
1986Judy Dickinson (281) -- Pat Bradley
1985Pat Bradley (280) -- Nancy Lopez
1984*Kathy Whitworth (281) -- Rosie Jones
1983Ayako Okamoto (282) -- Kathy Whitworth, Donna White
1982*Sandra Haynie (276) -- Nancy Lopez, Hollis Stacy
1981Nancy Lopez (285) -- Pat Bradley
1980Nancy Lopez (283) -- Pat Bradley
1979Jane Blalock (280) -- Alice Ritzman
1978Nancy Lopez (214) -- Debbie Massey, Jane Blalock
1977Pat Bradley (213) -- Kathy Whitworth, JoAnne Carner, Carol Mann

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Bankers Trust Classic (1977-78), Sara Coventry
(1979-81), Rochester International (1982-97), Wegmans Rochester International (1998-2001), Wegmans Rochester LPGA (2002-05).

Top Contenders in the Field
Eun-Hee Ji------------------------Won
Suzann Pettersen---------6thT-7wdT-51T-182nd
Hee-Won Han---wdmcT-26mcT-18T-10---T-3
Cristie KerrT-5wdmc------wdwd4th5th
Lorena Ochoa---------2ndT-66WonT-6WonT-6
Ai Miyazato------------------mcT-21T-6
Morgan Pressel------------------mcT-8T-10
Paula Creamer---------T-6713th2ndT-37T-21T-10
Meena Lee---------------T-28T-39T-21T-16
Yani Tseng------------------------T-16
Maria Hjorth---T-214thmcmcT-1067thT-8T-19
Seon Hwa Lee------------------T-10T-21T-19
Mi Hyun KimT-13---2nd---T-2T-105th3rdT-24
Michelle Wie------------------------T-24
Candie Kung------T-18T-7T-7T-10T-28T-64T-28
Catriona Matthew------------12thT-10mcT-44T-33
In-Kyung Kim---------------------2ndT-40
Song-Hee Kim---------------------T-64T-40
Natalie Gulbis------T-54T-47---T-35mcwdT-48
Laura Davies---WonT-29---T-7T-16------T-48
R. HetheringtonT-26wd9thWonT-14T-50T-10T-8mc
Brittany Lincicome---------------T-22T-22T-8mc
Jee Young Lee------------------T-51T-8mc
Julieta Granada------------------2ndmcmc
Brittany Lang------------------T-3mcmc
Juli Inkster------T-5---T-14------mcmc
Anna Nordqvist---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Paula Creamer
Darkhorse - Michelle Wie
Last Week's Pick to Win (Angela Stanford) - Finished tied for 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Song g-Hee Kim) - Finished tied for 9th
The LPGA Tour travels to New York this week for the Wegmans LPGA, as players fine tune their games in preparation for the U.S. Women's Open in two weeks. One of the oldest stops on tour, the Rochester event winners' list reads like a who's who with the names of Pat Bradley, Nancy Lopez, Kathy Whitworth, Patty Sheehan, Dottie Pepper, Laura Davies, Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa. Expected to compete this week are 17 of the top-20 on the LPGA Official Money list, headlined by world number two Yani Tseng and third-ranked Paula Creamer.

Last year, Eun-Hee Ji rallied for her first career win by shooting rounds of 64-67 on the weekend. She collected three birdies on her last six holes in the final round to beat Suzann Pettersen by two shots at the Wegmans LPGA. Ji overcame a three-shot deficit to Pettersen with just six holes remaining. The young South Korean, in her second full season on the LPGA Tour, finished at 16-under 272. Pettersen had three bogeys over the last six holes to finish two back at 14-under 274.

Pettersen held a three-shot lead after the third round, which she protected until a two-shot swing at the 13th hole on the final day saw Ji climb within a stroke. Pettersen's bogey on the 13th coupled with Ji's 30-foot birdie putt left the Korean just one shot back. It was the beginning of a four-shot swing on just three holes that would turn the tournament around. After both players parred the 14th, Ji rolled in a six-foot birdie putt at the 15th to keep the pressure on Pettersen. She did not respond well. Pettersen missed a five- footer for par on 14, stumbling to a bogey that suddenly left her playing catch-up. She went on to birdie the 17th, but so did Ji -- maintaining her one-shot lead heading to the last hole. Ji went on to knock her second shot onto the 18th green, while Pettersen found the rough off the tee and came up short on her approach on the way to a bogey. All Ji needed was a two-putt par for the win. It was an anti-climactic end to Ji's six-hole rally.

In 2007, Ochoa parred the second playoff hole to defeat rookie teenager In- Kyung Kim and win the Wegmans LPGA for the second time in three years. It was Ochoa's first playoff win in five tries on tour. It was the fifth playoff in tournament history and the first since 1989. With her win in 2007, Ochoa joined Webb, Rosie Jones, Sheehan, Bradley and Lopez as the only multiple winners of this event. Lopez, a three-time winner here, also finished second three times. Bradley, along with her two victories here, was also a three-time runner-up. Lopez and Sheehan are the only back-to-back champions of this tournament. Sheehan, the last player to accomplish the feat in 1989-90, won this tournament a record four times and was second twice.

When Ochoa won in 2005, she birdied six of her final seven holes in the final round to erase a five-shot deficit and win the Wegmans LPGA. Ochoa closed with a seven-under 65 to finish the event at 15-under-par 273.

In 2004, Kim Saiki earned her first LPGA Tour title at the Wegmans LPGA. Saiki completed the event at 14-under-par 274, four shots clear of Mi Hyun Kim and Rosie Jones. Saiki, who had four runner-up finishes between 1996-98, had never held the lead entering the final round prior to that event. Saiki became the second-oldest first-time winner in LPGA Tour history at 38 years, five months and three days old. Fay Crocker was the oldest when she won the 1955 Serbin Open at 40 years, six months and 18 days old.

Locust Hill is the third-longest running host course on the LPGA Tour, behind Mission Hills Country Club and Rail Golf Club, and has hosted this event since its inception in 1977. The 18th hole at Locust Hill is called "All Dunn" to celebrate the legacy of the course architect, Seymour Dunn. This traditional course has small greens and narrow fairways. Dunn, a native of Prestwick, Scotland, was a member of one of the most distinguished families of golf professionals and course designers to have ever influenced the game of golf. Seymour was the second son of Tom Dunn, one of the most prolific designers of his era who held a strong belief that a cross hazard, or cross bunker, was the foundation of strategic design.

When Pat Bradley won the inaugural event, the total purse was $75,000 with a first-place check of $11,000. This year, the purse is $2,000,000 with a first- place check of $300,000.

The LPGA Tour heads to Ohio next week for the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, as Paula Creamer defends her title.

06/23 18:41:56 ET

As of June 23, 2009, at 06:42 PM ET