LPGA Tour
LPGA - RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 14th through Sunday, March 17th
SITE: Wildfire Golf Club (Palmer and Faldo Courses), Phoenix, Arizona
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (1997) - Palmer Course
         Nick Faldo (2002) - Faldo Course
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,583
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 385 yds10 - Par 4 390 yds
2 - Par 5 550 yds11 - Par 5 547 yds
3 - Par 4 385 yds12 - Par 4 438 yds
4 - Par 3 175 yds13 - Par 4 325 Yds
5 - Par 5 510 yds14 - Par 3 168 yds
6 - Par 3 185 yds15 - Par 5 485 yds
7 - Par 4 355 yds16 - Par 4 307 yds
8 - Par 4 400 yds17 - Par 3 153 yds
9 - Par 4 405 yds18 - Par 4 420 yds
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36 3,350 yds36 3,233 yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Yani Tseng
Runner-Up:  Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato
Tournament Record:  270 (Yani Tseng, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  202 (Yani Tseng, Ai Miyazato, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Angela Stanford, 2011)
Course Record:  65 (Yani Tseng, Hee Young Park, Kristy McPherson, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $225,000; 2nd Place - $136,988; 3rd Place - $99,375
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Yani Tseng270Caroline Hedwall278
Na Yeon Choi271Jennifer Song278
Ai Miyazato271Hee Kyung Seo278
So Yeon Ryu275Cristie Kerr278
Hee Young Park277Four players at279
 
Past RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Yani Tseng (270) -- Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato
2011Karrie Webb (204) -- Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20112012
Yani TsengT-29Won
Na Yeon Choi---T-2
Ai Miyazato---T-2
So Yeon Ryu---4th
Cristie Kerr4thT-6
Hee Kyung SeoT-43T-6
Stacy LewisT-29T-10
Karrie WebbWonT-14
Paula CreamerT-2T-18
Jiyai ShinT-29T-18
Inbee Park---T-26
Suzann Pettersen---T-26
Morgan PresselT-7T-32
Jenny ShinT-13T-32
Lexi Thompson---T-51
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis
Darkhorse - Jessica Korda
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Yani Tseng) - Finished tied for 28th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Gerina Piller) - Finished tied for 37th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour is in Phoenix, Arizona this week for the first tournament in the United States in 2012, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Jiyai Shin won the season-opening ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Inbee Park captured the Honda LPGA Thailand; and Stacy Lewis won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

The top four players in the world are in the field -- defending champion Yani Tseng, Na Yeon Choi, Lewis and Park. Tseng has two top-3 finishes in three events this year, but has not won a tournament in almost 12 months. Choi has two top-10 finishes in two events this year, while Lewis and Park have already claimed titles.

This tournament is being held at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The Club features two 18-hole courses designed by Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. This event will play a combination of the two courses, with the back nine of the Palmer Course playing as holes 1-9 of the tournament and the back nine of the Faldo Course playing as holes 10-18.

Last year, Tseng carded rounds of 65-70-67-68 to win by one stroke over Choi and Ai Miyazato. She finished at 18-under-par 270 for her second of three LPGA Tour victories in 2012. With the win, Tseng became the fastest LPGA Tour player to reach the $8 million mark in career earnings, doing so in just over four years and 99 events. Lorena Ochoa held the previous mark and it took her three months and 16 events more than Tseng needed.

In 2011, Karrie Webb fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and win the inaugural event. Webb finished her 38th LPGA Tour title at 12-under-par 204 for a 1-stroke win over Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome. The Australian won for the second straight event, as she also titled in Singapore at the HSBC Women's Champions the week before.

The LPGA Tour travels to California next week for the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, where Tseng won her last LPGA Tour title in 2012.

03/12 14:49:32 ET

As of March 12, 2013, at 02:49 PM ET

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