RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Tournament Preview

The LPGA begins its U.S. domestic schedule this week by celebrating the 13 Founders of the LPGA Tour at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup this week. The tournament returns to Phoenix with significant enhancements including a $1.5 million purse, with $500,000 going to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program, a four-day, 72-hole format.

Karrie Webb returns to Wildfire Golf Club after defeating Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome by one stroke in 2011. Webb, won the HSBC Women's Champions just three weeks prior to the Founders Cup, earned her second-consecutive win of the season firing rounds of 71-67-66 to capture her 38th career victory. The LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member donated the $200,000 first-place check to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Japan Relief.

The winners of the last two LPGA events - Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng and No. 13 Angela Stanford - are also in the field this week following victories on the Asia-Pacific swing to start the 2012 season. Tseng is seeking her 14th career victory.

Several players to keep an eye on this week include Na Yeon Choi, Shanshan Feng and Jenny Shin, each of whom tied for second after a three-hole playoff at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

Rolex Rankings No. 8 Choi is coming off an outstanding 2011 season with 12 top-10 finishes including a win at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and came in second in the race for the Vare Trophy with a scoring average of 70.53.

Shin has had a sizzling start to her 2012 campaign with three top-10 finishes - tied for the most on Tour with Tseng - and $167,043 in earnings which tops her total earnings in 2011 in 15 events.

Feng has placed in the top five at in the past two tournaments and has placed in the top 10 in 15 tournaments since her rookie season in 2008, including three second place finishes. Two weeks ago, she became the first winner from Mainland China on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at the World Ladies Championship.

Topics: Webb, Karrie, LPGA Founders Cup

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