Last Week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Azahara Munoz) - Finished 4th
The LPGA Tour travels to Oregon this week for the Portland Classic at
Columbia Edgewater Country Club. This tournament was previously known as the
Safeway Classic. Two of the top five players in the world are in the field -
defending champion Suzann Pettersen (4) and So Yeon Ryu (5).
Pettersen is still looking for her first victory of the year, after a 4-win
season in 2013. She has five straight top-7 finishes. Ryu is coming off a
victory last week at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. She has seven top-10
finishes in her last 10 events.
The tournament is a 72-hole event this year, after previously being 54 holes.
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 tournament has raised over $17
million for local children's charities in Oregon since 1972.
Last year, Pettersen bounced back from an early double-bogey in the final
round with eight birdies in an 11-hole span, and that helped her rally to win.
Pettersen, who also won this title in 2011, ended the tournament at
In 2012, Mika Miyazato carded rounds of 65-68-70 and held on for a 2-stroke
victory over Inbee Park and Brittany Lincicome and her first LPGA Tour title.
Miyazato finished at 13-under par 203.
In 2011, Pettersen parred the first playoff hole to defeat Na Yeon Choi.
Pettersen fired a 7-under 64 in the final round, then waited more than two
hours as the remainder of the field finished their rounds. Choi, the
second-round leader, was nine strokes ahead of Pettersen to start the day, but
closed with a 2-over 73 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Choi's bogey on the final
hole of regulation forced the playoff as the duo ended 54 holes at 6-under-par
207. Pettersen's 64 was the low round of the final day by three strokes.
In 2010, Ai Miyazato charged in front with a 66 in the first round and led
wire-to-wire, winning by two strokes over Cristie Kerr and Choi. Miyazato
finished at 11-under-par 205 and won her fifth title of 2010. It was the first
time she won in wire-to-wire fashion on the LPGA Tour.
In 2009, M.J. Hur birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Pettersen and
Michele Redman to win her first LPGA Tour title.
Lorena Ochoa collected her third win in a row on the LPGA Tour in 2007 when
she cruised to a 5-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.
Soo-Yun Kang was the only player to shoot three rounds in the 60s (64-68-69)
in 2005, as she won wire-to-wire. Kang ended the 3-day tournament at 15-under-
par 201 for a 4-stroke victory over Jeong Jang, the first of her career.
When Annika Sorenstam won in 2002, she carded a course-record 62 in the
second round. 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 in her nine appearances.
The LPGA Tour heads overseas in two weeks for the fifth and final major of the
year, The Evian Championship in France, where Pettersen captured the 2013
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