LPGA - Kia Classic Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, March 24th|
|SITE: Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (1991)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 351 Yds||10 - Par 5 515 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 390 Yds||11 - Par 3 181 Yds|
|3 - Par 3 147 Yds||12 - Par 4 371 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 372 Yds||13 - Par 4 349 Yds|
|5 - Par 5 543 Yds||14 - Par 3 168 Yds|
|6 - Par 3 175 Yds||15 - Par 4 413 Yds|
|7 - Par 4 393 Yds||16 - Par 4 372 Yds|
|8 - Par 5 523 Yds||17 - Par 5 570 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 378 Yds||18 - Par 4 382 Yds|
|36 3,272 Yds||36 3,321 Yds|
|Annual: || 4th|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Yani Tseng|
|Runner-Up: || Sun Young Yoo|
|Tournament Record: || 274 (Yani Tseng, 2012)|
|54-Hole Record: || 204 (Jiyai Shin, 2011; Yani Tseng, 2012)|
|36-Hole Record: || 134 (Jiyai Shin, 2011)|
|18-Hole Record: || 64 (Jiyai Shin, 2011 - Industry Hills Golf Club)|
|Total Purse: || $1,700,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $255,000; 2nd Place - $158,182; 3rd Place - $112,625|
|Yani Tseng||274||Caroline Hedwall||283|
|Sun Young Yoo||280||Se Ri Pak||284|
|Shanshan Feng||281||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||284|
|Jiyai Shin||281||Brittany Lincicome||285|
|Ai Miyazato||283||Two players at||286|
|Past Kia Classic Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2012||Yani Tseng (274) -- Sun Young Yoo|
|2011||Sandra Gal (276) -- Jiyai Shin|
|2010||Hee Kyung Seo (276) -- Inbee Park|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Sun Young Yoo||mc||T-12||2nd|
|Na Yeon Choi||T-14||T-5||T-18|
|Hee Kyung Seo||Won||mc||T-43|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Paula Creamer|
|Darkhorse - Candie Kung|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Won|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Jessica Korda) - Finished tied for 4th|
|NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to California this week for the Kia Classic at|
Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad. This is the fifth event of the LPGA Tour season.
Jiyai Shin captured the season-opening ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open;
Inbee Park won the Honda LPGA Thailand; and new world No. 1 Stacy Lewis
captured the HSBC Women's Champions and RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. The
top-17 players in the world are in the field this week. Shin has finished in
the top three at this event the first three years of the tournament but has
yet to win.
Lewis will be trying to win her third consecutive tournament this week. She
overtook Yani Tseng at the top of the women's world rankings after her win
last week. Tseng has not won on the LPGA Tour since this event last year.
Since that time, Lewis has won five LPGA Tour events and was the 2012 LGPA
Tour Player of the Year. She is only the second American to sit atop the world
rankings, joining Cristie Kerr.
The tournament is being held at Aviara Golf Club for the first time. Golf
legend Arnold Palmer designed the course, which opened for play in 1991. The
2010 and 2012 events were played at La Costa Resort & Spa, while the 2011
tournament was staged at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms.
Last year, Tseng fired rounds of 67-68-69-70 to claim a 6-stroke victory over
Sun Young Yoo. She finished at 14-under-par 274 to capture her second
consecutive title, her third of the 2012 season and the 15th of her career.
Tseng established a new tournament record at 274.
In 2011, Sandra Gal birdied the 72nd hole to capture her first career LPGA
Tour victory. Gal finished at 16-under-par 276 at Industry Hills Golf Club.
She became the second German to win on the LPGA Tour, joining Tina Fischer
(2001 Asahi Ryokuken International).
Hee Kyung Seo shot rounds of 70-67-69-70 in 2010 to cruise to a 6-stroke win
over Inbee Park. Seo, who played on a sponsor's invitation, finished at 12-
under-par 276 for her first LPGA Tour win in her eighth start. Park carded the
low round of the tournament with a final round of 65.
The LPGA Tour remains in California in two weeks for the first major of the
season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, where Yoo captured
her first major title last year.
03/19 17:05:37 ET
As of March 19, 2013, at 05:05 PM ET