LPGA - Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 14th
SITE: Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
COURSE ARCHITECT: Steve Young (2001)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,354
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 377 yds10 - Par 4 342 yds
2 - Par 4 379 yds11 - Par 4 355 yds
3 - Par 3 170 yds12 - Par 3 154 yds
4 - Par 4 402 yds13 - Par 4 414 yds
5 - Par 5 503 yds14 - Par 4 402 yds
6 - Par 5 522 yds15 - Par 4 378 yds
7 - Par 4 417 yds16 - Par 4 383 yds
8 - Par 4 328 yds17 - Par 3 183 yds
9 - Par 3 174 yds18 - Par 5 471 yds
36 3,272 yds36 3,082 yds
Annual:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (ET),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 2:30-5:30 p.m. (ET)
Defending Champion:  Brittany Lang
Runner-Up:  Inbee Park, Chella Choi, Hee Kyung Seo
Tournament Record:  268 (Brittany Lang, Inbee Park, Chella Choi, H.K. Seo,
54-Hole Record:  199 (Inbee Park, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Inbee Park, 2012)
Course Record:  63 (Sandra Changkija, Chella Choi, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
2012 Finish
Brittany Lang *268So Yeon Ryu269
Inbee Park268Shanshan Feng270
Chella Choi268Anna Nordqvist270
Hee Kyung Seo268Mi Jung Hur271
Stacy Lewis269Two players at272

* - Won in Playoff

Past Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Brittany Lang (268) -- Inbee Park, Chella Choi, Hee Kyung Seo

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Brittany LangWon
Chella ChoiT-2
Inbee ParkT-2
Hee Kyung SeoT-2
Stacy LewisT-5
So Yeon RyuT-5
Shanshan FengT-7
Anna NordqvistT-7
I.K. KimT-12
Paula CreamerT-14
Lexi ThompsonT-14
Sun Young YooT-18
Suzann PettersenT-23
Na Yeon ChoiT-40
Karrie WebbT-40
Angela StanfordT-50
Yani Tseng---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - I.K. Kim
Last Week's Pick to Win (Inbee Park) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jessica Korda) - Finished tied for 7th
The LPGA Tour travels to Canada this week for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. The top eight players in the world are in the field, led by world No. 1 Inbee Park. In addition, 15 of the top-20 on the money list are expected to compete. The tournament is being held at Grey Silo Golf Course for the second straight season. The course was designed by Steve Young and opened in 2001.

Park will be trying to win her fourth straight event and seventh of the season. She has won the first three major championships of the year, only the second player in LPGA Tour history to do so, joining Babe Zaharias, who won all three majors the LPGA played in 1950. Park currently leads the money list with more than $2.1 million in earnings. No other player has even earned $900,000. American and world No. 2 Stacy Lewis is the only other player with at least two wins this season.

With a win, Park would become the first player to earn four consecutive Tour wins since Lorena Ochoa won four in a row in 2008. LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez holds the LPGA record with five consecutive victories in tournaments participated in 1978. Annika Sorenstam also accomplished the feat across two seasons in 2004-05.

Last year, Brittany Lang rolled in a short birdie putt on the third playoff hole to capture her first LPGA Tour title. Lang toppled Hee Kyung Seo, Chella Choi and third-round leader Park in the playoff. Choi was eliminated on the first extra hole, then Park was knocked out on the second hole. It came down to Lang and Seo, and Lang poured in a 5-footer for birdie to get the victory. Lang became the first Duke graduate to win on the LPGA Tour.

A strong Canadian contingent will be in force this week, as eight LPGA players from north of the border will compete. Sara-Maude Juneau, Lorie Kane, Sue Kim, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Rebecca-Lee Bentham, Alena Sharp, Jessica Shepley and Stephanie Sherlock will all represent Canada at Grey Silo Golf Course. In addition, two sponsor invitees were handed out to Canadians, Brooke Henderson and Jennifer Kirby.

The LPGA Tour heads to the Buckeye State next week for the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, where So Yeon Ryu captured the title last year.

07/09 15:38:39 ET

As of July 9, 2013, at 03:38 PM ET

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