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DATES: Thursday, August 29th through Sunday, September 1st
SITE: Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Oregon
COURSE ARCHITECT: Vernon Macan (1925), Bob Cupp (1993)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,465
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 370 Yds10 - Par 5 512 Yds
2 - Par 3 166 Yds11 - Par 4 337 Yds
3 - Par 4 409 Yds12 - Par 5 545 Yds
4 - Par 4 391 Yds13 - Par 3 160 Yds
5 - Par 5 489 Yds14 - Par 4 362 Yds
6 - Par 4 379 Yds15 - Par 4 372 Yds
7 - Par 5 463 Yds16 - Par 3 175 Yds
8 - Par 3 145 Yds17 - Par 4 397 Yds
9 - Par 4 410 Yds18 - Par 4 383 Yds
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36 3,222 Yds36 3,243 Yds
 
Annual:  42nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Mika Miyazato
Runner-Up:  Inbee Park, Brittany Lincicome
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:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Mika Miyazato203Haeji Kang206
Inbee Park205Sydnee Michaels207
Brittany Lincicome205Michelle Wie208
So Yeon Ryu206I.K. Kim209
Cristie Kerr206Karine Icher209
 
Past Safeway Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Mika Miyazato (203) -- Inbee Park, Brittany Lincicome
2011*Suzann Pettersen (207) -- Na Yeon Choi
2010Ai Miyazato (205) -- Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi
2009*M.J. Hur (203) -- Suzann Pettersen, Michele Redman
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
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Mika Miyazato------------------T-27T-55T-13Won
Cristie Kerr3rdwdmc---T-17WonT-20T-2T-40T-4
Michelle WieT-28---------mc---T-4T-37T-688th
I.K. Kim------------80th---mcT-6mcT-9
Yani Tseng---------------mcT-34T-45T-1311th
Na Yeon Choi---------------T-17T-45T-22ndT-16
Ai Miyazato---------T-25mcmcT-4WonT-8T-16
Paula Creamer------T-33T-18T-12T-6wdmc4thT-19
Angela StanfordT-11T-15mc---T-12T-44T-8T-23mcT-19
Suzann PettersenT-24mc---------T-17T-2T-4WonT-26
Jiyai Shin------------------T-65T-6T-18T-26
Hee-Won HanT-17WonT-10T-14---5thmcT-63T-40T-26
Karrie WebbT-17T-10T-18T-7T-28T-11mcT-55T-47T-26
Azahara Munoz---------------------mcT-18T-44
Mi Jung Hur------------------WonmcT-53T-44
Anna Nordqvist------------------7thT-65T-13T-49
Stacy Lewis------------------T-27T-16T-8T-61
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - I.K. Kim
Darkhorse - Stacy Prammanasudh
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Withdrew
Last Week's Darkhorse (Hee Young Park) - Finished tied for 41st
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to Oregon this week for the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Three of the top four players in the world are in the field. World No. 1 Inbee Park, who withdrew on Tuesday due to an illness, currently leads the money list by more than $860,000 over world No. 2 Stacy Lewis. Park (6), Lewis (3) and Beatriz Recari (2) are the only players with multiple victories this year.

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 $16 million for local children's charities in Oregon through the Safeway Foundation since 1972.

Last year, 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, Suzann 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. She 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 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 set three new marks en route to victory. Trailing by two after round one, Sorenstam carded a course-record 62 to take a 3-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 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 Inbee Park captured the 2012 title.

08/27 16:50:52 ET

As of August 27, 2013, at 04:51 PM ET