The LPGA returns to Taiwan for the second playing of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship this week where all eyes will be on Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng. Tournament officials expect another sellout crowd eager to see the Taiwanese star attempt to defend the title she won by five strokes last season over Azahara Munoz and Amy Yang. It was the seventh and final LPGA victory for Tseng during her dominant 2011 season in which she captured Rolex Player of the Year honor and the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.
A 78-player field will compete over four days for a $2 million purse with $300,000 going to the winner. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen is on the hunt for a second-consecutive win following her ninth-career LPGA victory last week at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea where she defeated European Solheim Cup teammate Catriona Matthew in a three-hole, sudden death playoff.
Inbee Park will tee it up this week after breaking her streak of six-consecutive top-three finishes last week with a tie for 15th in Korea. Arguably the hottest player in the game right now, Park has two victories and eight total top-five finishes this year. She leads the LPGA Official Money List with $1,979,926 and trails Stacy Lewis – who is not playing this week – by 40 points in the race for Rolex Player of the Year. A victory is worth 30 points and Park has an opportunity to close the gap this week with a good finish.
Park also has the opportunity to improve her standing in the Vare Trophy race for lowest scoring average with leader Jiyai Shin and Lewis both sidelined.
Tournament coverage in the United States will air from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday through Sunday.