LPGA Tour
LPGA - LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Preview
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DATES: Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th
SITE: Sky 72 Golf Club (Ocean Course), Incheon, South Korea
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2005)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,364
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 383 yds10 - Par 4 373 yds
2 - Par 4 377 yds11 - Par 4 360 yds
3 - Par 3 147 yds12 - Par 3 175 yds
4 - Par 4 327 yds13 - Par 5 553 yds
5 - Par 5 476 yds14 - Par 4 403 yds
6 - Par 4 341 yds15 - Par 4 323 yds
7 - Par 5 524 yds16 - Par 4 377 yds
8 - Par 3 174 yds17 - Par 3 148 yds
9 - Par 4 403 yds18 - Par 5 500 yds
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36 3,152 yds36 3,212 yds
 
Annual:  12th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Suzann Pettersen
Runner-Up:  Catriona Matthew
Tournament Record:  200 (Grace Park, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Catriona Matthew, 2012)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Gloria Park, 2003 - Nine Bridges Golf Club)
Course Record:  63 (Suzann Pettersen, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,900,000
Shares:  1st Place - $285,000; 2nd Place - $173,000; 3rd Place - $126,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Suzann Pettersen *205Lexi Thompson208
Catriona Matthew205Six players at209
Yani Tseng206
Se Ri Pak207
Sandra Gal208

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Suzann Pettersen (205) -- Catriona Matthew
2011Yani Tseng (202) -- Na Yeon Choi
2010Na Yeon Choi (206) -- Vicky Hurst
2009Na Yeon Choi (206) -- Yani Tseng, Maria Hjorth
2008Candie Kung (210) -- Katherine Hull
2007#Suzann Pettersen (141) -- Eun-Hee Ji
2006Jin Joo Hong (205) -- Jeong Jang
2005Jee Young Lee (211) -- Carin Koch, Mi Hyun Kim
2004Grace Park (200) -- Annika Sorenstam, Carin Koch
2003Shi Hyun Ahn (204) -- Gloria Park, Se Ri Pak, Laura Davies, Grace Park
2002Se Ri Pak (213) -- Carin Koch
2001Tournament was canceled in the aftermath of September 11th

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather-Shortened

Note:Formerly called CJ Nine Bridges Classic (2001-05), KOLON-Hana Bank
Championship (2006), Hana Bank KOLON Championship (2007-09).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Suzann PettersenT-6------T-9WonT-34---T-4T-63Won
Catriona MatthewT-11T-11T-51---T-6T-13T-23T-35T-252nd
Yani Tseng------------------T-2---Won3rd
Se Ri PakT-2T-11---3rdT-18T-17T-7---dq4th
Lexi Thompson---------------------------T-5
Brittany Lincicome---------------------T-35T-3T-7
Azahara Munoz---------------------T-31T-25T-7
So Yeon Ryu---------------T-46T-29T-12T-44T-7
Cristie Kerr------------T-8---T-44T-12T-35T-13
Jiyai Shin---------T-4T-23T-176thT-4T-7T-15
Inbee Park------------T-40T-38T-77th62ndT-15
Brittany Lang---------T-25T-31T-9T-7T-56T-13T-22
Michelle Wie69th------------------T-12T-35T-30
K. Hull-Kirk------60th------2ndT-37T-12T-50T-33
Na Yeon Choi------T-14T-11T-8T-22WonWon2ndT-39
Paula Creamer------T-23T-6---T-9T-25T-4T-32---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Suzann Pettersen
Darkhorse - Ilhee Lee
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Pornanong Phatlum) - Finished tied for 15th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour travels to the Far East this week for the third of five straight events in Asia. This week's tournament is the LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship in South Korea and features only 78 players. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $1.9 million, with the winner receiving $285,000.

The top two players in the world are in the field -- Inbee Park and defending champion Suzann Pettersen. They are also the top two players on the money list. Park leads Pettersen by more than $478,000 for the money lead.

Park, Pettersen and Stacy Lewis are the only players with at least three wins this season. Park has won six times, including three major championships. Park, however, has only had one top-10 finish in her last seven tournaments, and has not won since the U.S. Women's Open Championship in June. Pettersen, on the other hand, has been very hot lately, with six straight top-10 finishes and eight top-10s in her last nine events, including two wins.

No American has ever won this tournament. Lexi Thompson tied for fifth last year. In contrast, there have been seven Korean winners in the event's 11- year history. The 18-year-old Thompson is coming off her second LPGA Tour victory last week at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and is now ranked No. 14 in the world.

The tournament is being staged at the Ocean Course at Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, for the sixth straight year. For the first four years, the event was held at Nine Bridges Golf Club before it moved to Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort in 2006-07.

Last year, Pettersen struggled in the final round, but erased any earlier mistakes with a birdie on the third playoff hole to win. Pettersen carded rounds of 63-68-74 and joined Catriona Matthew at 11-under-par 205. Pettersen converted a birdie effort on the third extra hole to beat Matthew and win for the ninth time on the LPGA Tour. It was the second time Pettersen won this title, as she also earned the crown in 2007.

In 2010, Na Yeon Choi closed with a 3-under 69 in the final round to come from behind and repeat as champion. Choi finished at 10-under-par 206 and won by two strokes over Vicky Hurst for her fourth LPGA Tour title. She was the only player in the field to shoot three rounds in the 60s.

Candie Kung carded a 3-under 69 in the final round of 2008 to win by one stroke over Katherine Hull. Kung completed her first LPGA Tour title in five years at 6-under 210.

Gusting winds prevented players from putting on the greens in 2007 at Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort and officials were forced to cancel the final round and declare Pettersen the winner. It was the fourth of five wins in 2007 for Pettersen. She shot rounds of 69-72 to finish two rounds at 3-under 141. Pettersen never teed off Sunday before being declared the winner.

Jin Joo Hong closed with a 2-under 70 in the final round of 2006 to win by three strokes over Jeong Jang. Hong, a member of the Korean LPGA Tour, was making her first career start on the LPGA Tour. Despite a double bogey on the final hole, she finished at 11-under 205.

South Korean Jee Young Lee completed a wire-to-wire win in 2005 for her first LPGA Tour victory. Lee opened with a tournament-low 65 in the first round and closed with a pair of 73s to end the tournament at 5-under 211.

Local favorite Grace Park birdied three of her final four holes in the final round in 2004 to pull away and win by five strokes. Park completed the event with a tournament-record score of 16-under 200.

In 2003, Shi Hyun Ahn made her debut on the LPGA Tour in impressive fashion, as she led from start to finish en route to a 3-shot win.

The LPGA Tour heads to Taiwan next week for the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, where Pettersen also captured the 2012 title.

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As of October 15, 2013, at 04:34 PM ET

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