Top Storylines for the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

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Spectators cheer on the 2nd hole during the day four of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Sunrise Golf Course on October 28, 2012 in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Week of October 21, 2013
Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship
Sunrise Golf & Country Club
Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan

 (Note: Yang Mei, Taoyuan is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time)

Top Storylines

Taiwan Bound
This week, the LPGA Tour will make its fourth stop in Asia on the fall swing of tournaments in Taiwan for the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. The third annual event will feature a star-studded field of 78 players who will be vying for a $2 million purse at Sunrise Golf & Country Club in Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen will return to Taiwan where she took home the victory last year after firing rounds of 69-65-66-69. The Norwegian is currently in the midst of a season that has included three victories including one major title and is coming off a tie for third finish at last week’s LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship.

Remaining 2013 LPGA Tour Schedule
Date Event  Location
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
With Inbee Park taking this week’s event off, Suzann Pettersen has an opportunity to close the gap on the Official Money List. Pettersen has good history at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship as she took home the victory last season and finished T13 in 2011.

Pettersen already has three wins under her belt this season and has been playing well as of late as she has recorded two wins and two top-3 finishes in the last four events.

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 LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship
Rank Player   Money Earned
1 Inbee Park $2,335,460
2 Suzann Pettersen  $1,941,847
3 Stacy Lewis  $1,764,236
4 So Yeon Ryu  $1,161,093
5 I.K. Kim  $1,089,699

Stacy Lewis was able to maintain her lead in the Vare Trophy race despite missing last week’s LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship. With Lewis missing this week’s event in Taiwan, Pettersen has the opportunity to overtake the top spot in scoring average after a solid week in Korea which included rounds of 69-69-70.

Scoring Average Through LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship
Rank Player Average
1 Stacy Lewis 69.537
2 Suzann Pettersen 69.582
3 Inbee Park  69.934
4 Na Yeon Choi  70.100
5 Paula Creamer 70.378


Lewis was also able to maintain her lead in top-10 finishes this season after a week off. Suzann Pettersen recorded yet another top-10 finish and improved her percentage to 65% for the season. The Norwegian finished in a tie for third last week at 8-under-par.

Top 10 Finishes Through LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship
Rank Player  Top 10’s   Events Played Percentage
1 Stacy Lewis  16 23 70%
2 Suzann Pettersen 13 20 65%
3 Shanshan Feng 8 17 47%
3 Inbee Park 9 21 43%
5 So Yeon Ryu 8 20 40%
  I.K. Kim 8 20 40%

 

Hometown hero
This week, Yani Tseng will return home to Taiwan where she will try to turnaround a season that has included only four top-10 finishes. Still searching for her first victory this year, Tseng will have the galleries on her side this week as cheers could be heard from across the golf course in the event’s first two years as fans cheered for their hometown sweetheart.

Also returning home to Taiwan this week is four-time LPGA Tour winner, Candie Kung. With the inaugural International Crown event on the horizon, Kung and Tseng will try to earn Taiwan a spot in the coveted event. The final field of teams will be announced following the CME Group Titleholders and heading into South Korea, Taiwan held the final spot at number eight.

Quick facts
October 24- October 27
Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship
Sunrise Golf & Country Club
Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Field: 78 (74 professionals, 4 amateurs)
Par:  36-36, 72
Yardage: 6,390
Purse: $2,000,000
Winner:  $300,000
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Defending champion: Suzann Pettersen

TV Times
Golf Channel
Oct 24  12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oct 25  12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oct 26  12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oct 27  12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All times Eastern

***This week’s field information: Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship ***

2013 LPGA Tour rookies (4)
Austin Ernst     
Moriya Jutanugarn
Caroline Masson
Lisa McCloskey                                    

2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 5/10
Top 20: 9/20
Top 50: 32/50

Past Champions
2012     Suzann Pettersen
2011     Yani Tseng

Press conference schedule

Thursday, October 22

2:00 p.m.          Yani Tseng
                        Michelle Wie
                        Suzann Pettersen
                        Lexi Thompson

*Times are local in Taiwan

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