Top Storylines for the LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship

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Suzann Petersen of Norway speaks at the press conference after the winning of the KEB-HanaBank Championship at Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course on October 21, 2012 in Incheon, South Korea.

Week of October 14, 2013
LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship
Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course
Incheon, South Korea

 (Note: Incheon is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time)

 

Top Storylines

On to Korea
The LPGA Tour continues to make its way through Asia this week for the third stop on the fall swing of tournaments. The LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship will feature a star-studded field of 78 players who will be vying for a $1.9 million purse at Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.

Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen will be looking to continue her solid play this year as she sets out to defend her title in South Korea. The Norwegian is coming off a tie for third at last week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia where she fired rounds of 67-68-67-70. Pettersen already has three victories under her belt this season including one major title at the The Evian Championship.

Remaining 2013 LPGA Tour Schedule
Date Event  Location
Oct. 17-20 LPGA KEB HanaBank Champ. Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea
Oct. 24-27  Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Champ. Sunrise Golf & Country Club, Yang Mei, Taiwan
Nov. 7-10 Mizuno Classic  Kintetsu Kashikojima, Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan
Nov. 14-17 Lorena Ochoa Invitational  Guadalajara Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico
Nov. 21-24 CME Group Titleholders Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.

 

Eyeing No. 1
Suzann Pettersen returns to this week’s LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship where she took home the win in 2012, but the Norwegian isn’t only looking to defend her title at Sky 72 Golf Club, she also has her sights set on closing in on the top spot on the Official Money List.

Inbee Park currently leads the Official Money list with $2,320,246 thanks to a standout season that has included six victories. While Park still has a significant lead in the race, Pettersen leaped within striking distance after a tie for third at last week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malyasia moved her to within $478,878.

If Pettersen is able to break the $2 million mark this year, it will be only the second time in LPGA Tour history to have two players earn $2 million in one season. Lorena Ochoa ($2,592,872) and Karrie Webb ($2,090,113) both earned $2 million in the 2006 season.

Official Money List Through Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Rank Player   Money Earned

1

Inbee Park $2,320,246
2 Suzann Pettersen  $1,841,368
3 Stacy Lewis  $1,764,236
4 So Yeon Ryu  $1,142,579
5 I.K. Kim  $1,079,184
                            

Stacy Lewis maintained her lead in the Vare Trophy race after firing rounds of 69-68-70-69 at last week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. With Lewis taking this week off, Pettersen has the opportunity to overtake the top spot in scoring average after a solid week in Malaysia which included rounds of 67-68-67-70.

Scoring Average Through Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Rank Player Average
1 Stacy Lewis 69.537
2 Suzann Pettersen 69.594
3 Inbee Park  69.849
4 Na Yeon Choi  70.052
5 Paula Creamer 70.304
          

Coming off a tie for sixth in Malaysia, Lewis improved her total of top-10 finishes to 16 in only 23 events played this season. Lewis won the inaugural Kia Drive to the Top award for most top-10’s in a season in 2012.

Top 10 Finishes Through Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Rank Player  Top 10’s   Events Played Percentage
1 Stacy Lewis  16 23 70%
2 Suzann Pettersen 12 19 63%
3 Shanshan Feng 8 17 47%
3 Inbee Park 9 20 45%
5 So Yeon Ryu 8 20 40%
  I.K. Kim 8 20 40%

 

Teenage Dream
Lexi Thompson recorded her first win as an LPGA Tour member at last week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and successfully became the second teenager to win on Tour this season following Lydia Ko’s victory at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. The 19-year-old is looking to become only the fourth player on Tour this season to claim back-to-back victories and join an elite list of players which includes Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen.

 

Quick facts
October 18- October 20
LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship
Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course
Incheon, South Korea

Field: 78 (78 professionals, 0 amateurs)
Par:  36-36, 72
Yardage: 6,364
Purse: $1,900,000
Winner:  $285,000
Format: 54-hole stroke play
Defending champion: Suzann Pettersen

TV Times
Golf Channel
Oct 18  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Oct 19  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Oct 20  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All times Eastern

 

***This week’s field information: LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship***

2013 LPGA Tour rookies (4)
Chie Arimura                
Moriya Jutanugarn
Caroline Masson
Ayako Uehara                                      

Rolex Rankings
Top 6/10
Top 18/25

2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 6/10
Top 20: 14/20
Top 50: 43/50

Past Champions
2012 Suzann Pettersen
2011 Yani Tseng
2010 Na Yeon Choi
2009 Na Yeon Choi
2008 Candie Kung
2007 Suzann Pettersen
2006 Jin Joo Hong
2005 Jee Young Lee
2004 Grace Park
2003 Shi Hyun Ahn
2002 Se Ri Pak


Press conference schedule

Thursday, October 17

11:00 a.m. Grace Park:  Six-time LPGA Tour winner and 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner
Se Ri Pak:  Rolex Rankings No. 32, 25-time LPGA Tour winner and 2002 LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship champion
Mi Hyun Kim:  Eight-time LPGA Tour winner and 1999 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year
Cristie Kerr:  Rolex Rankings No. 12 and 16-time LPGA Tour winner

*Times are local in Incheon

Topics: Storylines, LPGA KEB • HanaBank Championship

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