The LPGA Tour heads north for the first of two Canadian events this season. The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic will feature a field of 144 players at the heralded Grey Silo Golf Course in Ontario, competing for a $195,000 prize. The inaugural event is one of five tournaments added to the Tour’s 2012 schedule.
Coming off a win at the season’s second Major, Shanshan Feng is coming in hot this weekend. She made history after winning the Wegmans LPGA Championship as she became the first golfer from mainland China to win a Major on any Tour. Joining fellow first-time winners Jessica Korda and Azahara Munoz, Feng was awarded a Rolex and a $375,000 check. She made the Rolex Rankings move of the week, jumping up five spots to become No. 5 in the world.
Other players slated to be in the field this week include No. 11 Paula Creamer, No. 4 Suzann Pettersen and No. 2 Stacy Lewis.
Creamer and Pettersen remain in the hunt for their first victory this season. The two played aggressively in Rochester, skipping around the top of the leaderboard and ultimately pulling off top-10 finishes. With the title up for grabs, both Creamer and Pettersen are eager to land in the winner’s circle this week.
Lewis has definitely made a statement on Tour this year and is chasing eight-time winner Yani Tseng for the top spot in the Rolex Rankings. She became a Rolex First-Time winner at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and has since clinched two more titles her the last five appearances. In just three weeks Lewis has jumped from No. 7 to No. 2 in the world.
Rolex Rankings No. 119 Gerina Piller turned some heads at the Wegmans LGPA Championship when she became one of the leaders in the last round. Even with a double-bogey on the 17th hole, Piller carded a career-low 68 to finish with a tie for sixth along with No. 6 Ai Miyazato and No. 20 Karrie Webb. This marked the first cut she made at a Major in her two years on the LPGA Tour.