LPGA - Lorena Ochoa Invitational Preview
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DATES: Thursday, November 11th through Sunday, November 14th
SITE: Guadalajara Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico
COURSE ARCHITECT: John Bredemus (1942), Bill Love (2001)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,638
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 350 Yds10 - Par 5 475 Yds
2 - Par 4 384 Yds11 - Par 4 336 Yds
3 - Par 5 545 Yds12 - Par 4 435 Yds
4 - Par 4 420 Yds13 - Par 3 152 Yds
5 - Par 4 405 Yds14 - Par 4 364 Yds
6 - Par 3 170 Yds15 - Par 4 391 Yds
7 - Par 4 376 Yds16 - Par 4 405 Yds
8 - Par 3 179 Yds17 - Par 3 223 Yds
9 - Par 5 507 Yds18 - Par 5 521 Yds
36 3,336 Yds36 3,302 Yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4-6:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Michelle Wie
Runner-Up:  Paula Creamer
Tournament Record:  275 (Angela Stanford, 2008; Michelle Wie, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  206 (Angela Stanford, 2008; Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Jiyai Shin, 2009)
Course Record:  65 (Brittany Lang, 2008; Song-Hee Kim, In-Kyung Kim, 2009)
Total Purse:  $1,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $220,000; 2nd Place - $113,794; 3rd Place - $75,000
2009 Finish
Michelle Wie275Lorena Ochoa281
Paula Creamer277Song-Hee Kim281
Morgan Pressel278Six players at283
Jiyai Shin278
Cristie Kerr278
Past Lorena Ochoa Invitational Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Michelle Wie (275) -- Paula Creamer
2008Angela Stanford (275) -- Brittany Lang, Annika Sorenstam

Top Contenders in the Field
Michelle Wie---Won
Paula CreamerT-142nd
Cristie KerrT-11T-3
Morgan Pressel---T-3
Jiyai Shin---T-3
Lorena OchoaT-14T-6
Song-Hee KimT-28T-6
Brittany LangT-2T-8
In-Kyung Kim9thT-8
Yani TsengT-18T-8
Suzann PettersenT-28T-16
Ai Miyazato---T-16
Karrie Webb---21st
Katherine HullT-4T-28
Angela StanfordWon33rd
Na Yeon ChoiT-20T-19
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Michelle Wie
Darkhorse - Beatriz Recari
Last Week's Pick to Win (Na Yeon Choi) - Finished tied for 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Song g-Hee Kim) - Finished tied for 21st
The LPGA Tour travels to Mexico this week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. This event is being held at Guadalajara Country Club. The top-10 players in the world are in the 36-player field this week. However, the big story this week is the return of former world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, who retired in May. Ochoa, who is the tournament host this week, was born in Guadalajara and has won 27 times on the LPGA Tour. She has captured two major titles - the 2007 Women's British Open and 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Ochoa finished sixth in her last tournament in May at the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico.

Last year, after years of near misses, Michelle Wie closed with a three-under 69 in the final round to collect her first LPGA Tour title at this event. Wie, who had six runner-up finishes and six third-place showings in her career, claimed her first victory by two strokes over Paula Creamer. Wie ended at 13- under-par 275.

Wie entered the final round having shared the third-round lead. She birdied the first to move one ahead of the field at 11-under. Though she would twice fall into a share of the lead, Wie never fell out of the top spot on the leaderboard after her opening birdie. Wie matched Cristie Kerr's birdie on the third to remain one ahead of her playing partner. Wie missed a short par putt at six, but was still one clear of the field as Kerr had bogeyed the fifth. Wie came right back with a 15-foot birdie putt on the seventh to push her lead to two shots. As she parred three straight around the turn, Creamer chipped in for eagle on 10 to join Wie atop the leaderboard at minus-12. On the 11th, Wie sank a 15-footer for birdie to regain the lead, but a poor drive into the trees right of the 12th fairway led to a bogey. Wie was now tied with Kerr and Creamer at 12-under. Creamer bogeyed 14, but bounced back to birdie the 16th to get back to 12-under. However, she bogeyed the 17th and closed with a par at the last to finish at 11-under. Kerr was unable to keep the pressure on Wie, as she parred three straight from the 12th, but stumbled to bogeys on 15 and 16 to slide to minus-10. That left Wie atop the leaderboard heading down the stretch. She parred five in a row from the 13th to stay on top at 12- under. Wie closed her first title in style by getting up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-five closing hole.

In 2008, Angela Stanford was tied for the lead after the first round and led by herself the rest of the way as she won the inaugural event. Stanford carded a three-under 69 in the final round to hold off Annika Sorenstam and Brittany Lang by one shot. Stanford completed her third LPGA Tour win at 13-under-par 275. Sorenstam nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback. Down two shots on the 16th, she holed out from a bunker then made an up and down from short of the 17th green. At the last, Sorenstam had a chance to force a playoff, but her seven-foot birdie putt lipped out giving Stanford the win.

Five players received sponsor's exemptions this week - Carling Coffing, Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster, Ochoa and Sophia Sheridan. Ochoa and Sheridan are both natives of Mexico.

Guadalajara Country Club was designed by John Bredemus and opened in 1942. The course is located in the same neighborhood where Ochoa grew up and still lives. Her home is just 100 yards away from the first tee. Guadalajara Country Club is the oldest golf course in the city of Guadalajara. This event is the 15th LPGA Tour event hosted by an LPGA Tour player.

The LPGA Tour travels to Florida in three weeks for the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in Orlando, where Anna Nordqvist captured the inaugural event last year when it was held in Houston.

11/09 18:22:27 ET

As of November 9, 2010, at 06:22 PM ET