LPGA - Safeway Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, August 28th through Sunday, August 30th
SITE: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Ghost Creek Golf Course), North Plains, Oregon
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Cupp (1992)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,546
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 399 Yds10 - Par 5 495 Yds
2 - Par 4 398 Yds11 - Par 3 175 Yds
3 - Par 3 163 Yds12 - Par 4 414 Yds
4 - Par 5 522 Yds13 - Par 4 386 Yds
5 - Par 3 184 Yds14 - Par 3 205 Yds
6 - Par 4 371 Yds15 - Par 5 540 Yds
7 - Par 4 409 Yds16 - Par 3 139 Yds
8 - Par 5 507 Yds17 - Par 4 334 Yds
9 - Par 5 474 Yds18 - Par 4 431 Yds
37 3,427 Yds35 3,119 Yds
Annual:  37th
Television:  ESPN2 - Friday -- 4-6 p.m. (et),
  Saturday -- 5-7 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 4-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Runner-Up:  Helen Alfredsson, Sophie Gustafson
Tournament Record:  199 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002; Beth Daniel, 2003)
Total Purse:  $1,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $255,000; 2nd Place - $155,252; 3rd Place - $112,625
2008 Finish
Cristie Kerr *203Annika Sorenstam209
Helen Alfredsson203Angela Park209
Sophie Gustafson203Catriona Matthew209
Katherine Hull205Lorena Ochoa209
Hee-Won Han206Paula Creamer209

* - Won in Playoff

Past Safeway Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008*Cristie Kerr (203) -- Helen Alfredsson, Sophie Gustafson
2007Lorena Ochoa (204) -- Sophie Gustafson, Mhairi McKay, Christina Kim,
Inbee Park
2006Pat Hurst (206) -- Kim Saiki, Jeong Jang
2005Soo-Yun Kang (201) -- Jeong Jang
2004*Hee-Won Han (207) -- Lorie Kane
2003Annika Sorenstam (201) -- Beth Daniel
2002Annika Sorenstam (199) -- Kate Golden
2001Not held due to tragedies of September 11th
2000*Mi Hyun Kim (215) -- Jeong Jang
1999Juli Inkster (207) -- Tina Barrett, Grace Park
1998Danielle Ammaccapane (204) -- Emilee Klein
1997Chris Johnson (206) -- Kim Saiki, Lisa Hackney
1996Dottie Pepper (202) -- Chris Johnson
1995Alison Nicholas (207) -- Kelly Robbins
1994Missie McGeorge (207) -- Betsy King
1993Donna Andrews (208) -- Missie McGeorge, Tina Barrett
1992*Nancy Lopez (209) -- Jane Crafter
1991Michelle Estill (208) -- Rosie Jones
1990Patty Sheehan (208) -- Danielle Ammaccapane
1989Muffin Spencer-Devlin (214) -- Nancy Lopez, Tammie Green, Susan Sanders,
Dawn Coe-Jones
1988Betsy King (213) -- Colleen Walker
1987Nancy Lopez (210) -- Kelly Leadbetter, Muffin Spencer-Devlin,
Jan Stephenson
1986Ayako Okamoto (207) -- Colleen Walker, Nancy Lopez
1985Nancy Lopez (215) -- Lori Garbacz
1984Amy Alcott (212) -- Kathy Baker
1983*JoAnne Carner (212) -- Charlotte Montgomery
1982*Sandra Haynie/Kathy McMullen (196) -- Sharon Barrett/Nancy Rubin,
Lori Garbacz/Patti Rizzo
1981*Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (203) -- JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin
1980Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (195) -- Janet Alex/Judy Clark
1979Nancy Lopez/Jo Ann Washam (198) -- Susie Berning/Carole Jo Skala
1978*Donna Caponi/Kathy Whitworth (203) -- Murle Breer/Barbara Moxness
1977*JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin (202) -- Betty Burfeindt/Pam Higgins
1976*Donna Caponi (217) -- Clifford Ann Creed
1975Jo Ann Washam (215) -- Sandra Haynie
1974JoAnne Carner (211) -- Donna Caponi
1973#Kathy Whitworth (144) -- Sandra Palmer
1972Kathy Whitworth (212) -- Sandra Haynie

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Safeway LPGA Golf Championship (1996-2000), Ping-AT&T
Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship (1995), Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship (1986-94), Portland Ping Championship (1983-85), Portland Team Championship (1977-82), Portland Classic (1972-76).

Top Contenders in the Field
Cristie Kerr---T-13---T-133rdwdmc---T-17Won
Sophie GustafsonT-15------T-18T-6T-69T-28---T-2T-2
Helen AlfredssonT-28------T-54T-64T-41---------T-2
Katherine Hull---------------T-53mcmcT-284th
Hee-Won Han---------T-34T-17WonT-10T-14---5th
Lorena Ochoa------------T-34T-10T-41---WonT-6
Paula Creamer------------------T-33T-18T-12T-6
Catriona MatthewT-20T-39---T-34T-9T-62---------T-6
Karrie Webbmc------T-7T-17T-10T-18T-7T-28T-11
Suzann Pettersen---------T-34T-24mc---------T-17
Inbee Park------------------------T-2T-36
Pat HurstT-52------mcT-42T-20T-7WonT-34T-36
Jeong Jang---2nd---T-67T-11T-152ndT-2T-28T-44
Seon Hwa Lee------------------------T-34T-51
Morgan Pressel---------------------T-7T-50T-60
Soo-Yun Kang------------T-17T-32WonwdT-2273rd
Christina Kim------------mcT-15T-18T-7T-2mc
Beth Bader---------T-18mcT-53mcT-75T-7mc
Shi Hyun Ahn---------------T-77T-60---T-7mc
Natalie Gulbis---------T-34wdT-10T-10T-68T-34mc
Se Ri PakT-4T-5------T-6---------T-34mc
Lorie KaneT-15T-39---T-34T-62ndT-24mcT-50mc
Ai Miyazato---------------------T-25mcmc
Yani Tseng---------------------------mc
Meena Lee------------------mcT-7T-72wd
Juli InksterWonT-10---T-28---T-26T-484thT-9---
Michelle Wie------------T-28---------mc---
Jiyai Shin------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Karrie Webb
Darkhorse - Ai Miyazato
Last Week's Pick to Win (United States) - Won the Solheim Cup
Last Week's Darkhorse - Not applicable
The LPGA Tour travels to Oregon this week for the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. The last two LPGA stroke-play events were held in France and England. The field is led by world No. 1 and 2007 champion Lorena Ochoa, who has not won since April and is only eighth on the money list. The top-39 players on money list are teeing it up this week, along with the top-20 players in the Rolex Rankings. In addition, all 15 2009 tournament winners, including the four major champions are competing.

Last year, Cristie Kerr birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson. The win was Kerr's 11th on the LPGA Tour and her first since her major breakthrough in 2007 at the U.S. Women's Open. Kerr fired a seven-under 65 in the final round to come from four shots back and join the playoff.

The trio returned to Columbia Edgewater Golf Club's 18th hole for the playoff, a hole all three birdied in regulation. Alfredsson and Kerr both found the fairway off the tee, while Gustafson pushed her drive into the right rough. Alfredsson knocked her approach to 30 feet and Kerr hit an eight-iron 18 feet short of the stick. Gustafson's second stopped on the green. Alfredsson and Gustafson both missed their birdie putts, but Kerr drained her's for the victory.

In 2007, Ochoa collected her third win a row on the LPGA Tour when she cruised to a five-shot victory. Ochoa only needed a one-under 71 in the final round, after firing 67-66 on the first two days, to post a 12-under-par 204 total. Ochoa captured the Women's British Open and the Canadian Women's Open for the first two wins of her streak.

In 2006, Pat Hurst fought through the four second-round co-leaders and won the Safeway Classic with a final-round, four-under 68. Hurst ended the event at 10-under-par 206 and was the only player to card three rounds in the 60s.

In 2005, Soo-Yun Kang was the only player to shoot three rounds in the 60s (64-68-69) as she won wire-to-wire. Kang ended the three-day tournament at 15- under-par 201 for a four-stroke victory over Jeong Jang, the first of her career.

When Annika Sorenstam won in 2002, she set three new marks en route to victory. Trailing by two after round one, Sorenstam carded a course-record 62 to take a three-shot lead into the final round. Sorenstam's total of 131 set the new 36-hole record, breaking the previous mark of 132 set by Danielle Ammaccapane in 1998. Her 199 total set a new tournament record, breaking the previous mark of 202 set by Dottie Pepper in 1996. With her win in 2003, Sorenstam joined Kathy Whitworth as the only players to win this tournament two straight years. Sorenstam posted six top-10 finishes at this event in her nine appearances.

This marks the first year that this event is being held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. From 1991-2008 the tournament was held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

This tournament, which was a team event for six years from 1977-82, was dominated by Donna Caponi and Kathy Whitworth. The duo titled three times, including back-to-back years in 1980-81.

The LPGA Tour heads north of the border next week for the CN Canadian Women's Open, where Katherine Hull captured the 2008 event.

08/26 17:43:49 ET

As of August 26, 2009, at 05:44 PM ET