The LPGA Tour heads back to the Northeast for the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, NJ to compete for a $1.5 million purse.
Rolex Rankings No. 12 Brittany Lincicome returns to the famed Bay Course at Seaview Resort to defend her title after posting a 5-under-par 66 on Sunday to defeat then- Rolex Rankings No. 3 Jiyai Shin and No. 4 Cristie Kerr. She secured the win with an impressive up-and-down from the thick grass on the 18th hole, ending with a one-stroke lead. Lincicome went on to record five additional top-10 finishes in 2011 including another win at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, where she crossed the $4 million mark in career earnings. So far this season, she has posted three top-10s including a tie for second at the season opener in Australia.
The 56-hole, 144-player event also features 21 of the top 25 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. This includes the past eight 2012 tournament winners – No. 1 Yani Tseng, No. 4 Ai Miyzatao, No. 7 Stacy Lewis, No. 14 Sun Young Yoo, No. 15 Angela Stanford, No. 79 Jessica Korda and No. 20 Azahara Munoz.
Other Tour standouts are searching for their first season victory this week, including Rolex Rankings No. 3 Suzann Pettersen, No. 5 Cristie Kerr and No. 13 Paula Creamer. After a shocking weekend of upsets at the Sybase Match Play Championship, these three had to pack their bags early when they were eliminated in the third round. Each has consistently placed in the top-25 this year and the top-50 in the season money list.