LPGA - Honda LPGA Thailand Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st|
|SITE: Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: I. Izumi (1971), Lee Schmidt (2007)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 379 yds||10 - Par 4 391 yds|
|2 - Par 5 541 yds||11 - Par 5 524 yds|
|3 - Par 3 168 yds||12 - Par 3 182 yds|
|4 - Par 4 386 yds||13 - Par 5 524 yds|
|5 - Par 4 291 yds||14 - Par 4 400 yds|
|6 - Par 5 519 yds||15 - Par 4 358 yds|
|7 - Par 4 386 yds||16 - Par 3 176 yds|
|8 - Par 3 149 yds||17 - Par 4 426 yds|
|9 - Par 4 404 yds||18 - Par 4 364 yds|
|36 3,223 yds||36 3,325 yds|
|Annual: || 9th|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 1-5 a.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Anna Nordqvist|
|Runner-Up: || Inbee Park|
|Tournament Record: || 267 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007; Ai Miyazato, 2010)|
|54-Hole Record: || 196 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007)|
|36-Hole Record: || 130 (Suzann Pettersen, 2010)|
|18-Hole Record: || 63 (Suzann Pettersen, 2007; Stacy Prammanasudh, 2009;|
| || Ai Miyazato, 2010; I.K. Kim, 2011; Stacy Lewis, 2013)|
|Total Purse: || $1,500,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $225,000; 2nd Place - $136,988; 3rd Place - $99,375|
|Anna Nordqvist||273||Yani Tseng||279|
|Inbee Park||275||Gerina Piller||279|
|Catriona Matthew||277||Stacy Lewis||279|
|Michelle Wie||278||Lexi Thompson||279|
|Julieta Granada||279||Suzann Pettersen||280|
|Past Honda LPGA Thailand Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2014||Anna Nordqvist (273) -- Inbee Park|
|2013||Inbee Park (276) -- Ariya Jutanugarn|
|2012||Yani Tseng (269) -- Ai Miyazato|
|2011||Yani Tseng (273) -- Michelle Wie|
|2010||Ai Miyazato (267) -- Suzann Pettersen|
|2009||Lorena Ochoa (274) -- Hee Young Park|
|2008||Tournament Not Held|
|2007||Suzann Pettersen (267) -- Laura Davies|
|2006||Hee-Won Han (202) -- Diana D'Alessio|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|So Yeon Ryu||---||---||---||---||T-3||T-11|
|Na Yeon Choi||T-13||T-13||T-15||T-25||7th||T-17|
|Se Ri Pak||T-53||T-32||T-35||T-25||T-19||T-17|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Inbee Park|
|Darkhorse - Amy Yang|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Lydia Ko) - Won|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Ariya Jutanugarn) - Finished 3rd|
The 2015 LPGA Tour season continues this week with the first of two straight
events in Asia. This is the ninth installment of the Honda LPGA Thailand. An
outstanding field is on hand, as nine of the top-10 players in the world are
expected to play.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko is the only top-10 player not in the field. Ko increased
her lead atop the world rankings last week by winning the ISPS Handa Women's
Australian Open. World No. 2 Inbee Park and world No. 3 Stacy Lewis will look
to gain some ground on Ko this week. Park and Lewis are both looking for their
first victory of the season, after winning three times each last year.
Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng has an outstanding record at this event,
finishing in the top-7 in all six of her appearances, including two victories.
She has finished T-7 (2009), 3rd (2010), Won (2011), Won (2012), T-3 (2013)
and T-5 (2014). Tseng, however, has not won a tournament since capturing the
Kia Classic in 2012.
Last year, Anna Nordqvist carded rounds of 66-72-67-68 for a 2-stroke victory
over Inbee Park. Nordqvist earned her third career LPGA Tour title in wire-to-
wire fashion at 15-under-par 273. It was her first victory since her rookie
year of 2009.
In 2013, Park shot a final-round 67 and was in the clubhouse two strokes
behind overnight-leader and Thailand native Ariya Jutanugarn, who triple-
bogeyed the par-5 last to give Park the title.
In 2012, Tseng birdied the final two holes to fend off Ai Miyazato and win
by one stroke. Tseng fired rounds of 73-65-65-66 to repeat as champion. She
finished at 19-under-par 269 to pick up her 13th LPGA Tour title.
In 2011, Tseng shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to win. Tseng, who won the
previous two weeks on the Ladies European Tour to claim the top spot in the
world for the first time, finished at 15-under par 207 and ended with a
convincing 5-stroke win over Michelle Wie.
In 2010, Miyazato erased a 6-shot deficit in the final round with a course-
record tying, 9-under 63 to come from behind and win by one over Suzann
Pettersen. Miyazato finished at 21-under-par 267 to match Pettersen's
tournament scoring record. Pettersen set the mark when she won in 2007.
Pettersen drained a 15-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole in 2007 to defeat
Laura Davies by one stroke and win this tournament for her fifth LPGA Tour
victory of the season. Davies missed her 25-foot eagle attempt on the same
hole and settled for birdie to end one shot back. Pettersen fired a course-
record 63 in the third round to jump in front by seven strokes. She settled
for a 71 in the final round to hang on for the win.
Jutanugarn, then an amateur, qualified for this event in 2007, becoming the
youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event. She was 11 years, 11 months and
2 days old at the start of the tournament. Wie held the previous mark when she
qualified for the 2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic at 12 years, 4 months and 14 days
old. Jutanugarn finished in a tie for 48th after rounds of 75-74-74.
In 2006, Hee-Won Han posted her third consecutive round in the 60s in the
final round to run away with this event, her sixth career victory and second
win of 2006. Han shot a 5-under 67 in the final round, completing the
first-ever LPGA tournament in Thailand at 14-under-par 202 for a 5-shot
victory over Diana D'Alessio.
The LPGA Tour concludes its 2-week stay in Asia next week with the HSBC
Women's Champions in Singapore, where American Paula Creamer won last season.
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As of February 24, 2015, at 05:20 PM ET