Top Storylines for the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I

Inbee Park

Inbee Park of South Korea hits a shot during the final round of the 2013 North Texas LPGA Shootout at the Las Colinas Counrty Club on April 28, 2013 in Irving, Texas.

Week of July 15, 2013
Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I
Highland Meadows Golf Club
Sylvania, Ohio

 

Top Storylines

A Walk in the Park
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park makes her return to Toledo this week with a wave of attention following her. Park will play in her last event before making the trip to Scotland next month where she’ll seek her fourth-consecutive major championship at the RICOH Women’s British Open at St. Andrews. Playing for her seventh win this season and 10th of her career, Park is coming off a T14 finish last week at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Through her consistent and effortless play, the 25-year old South Korean has stolen headlines this year after capturing the first three majors of the 2013 season. After her win at the U.S. Women’s Open last month, she became just the second player in LPGA Tour history to win the first three majors of a season. Babe Zaharias won all three majors the LPGA played in 1950, the Tour’s inaugural season. Park will try to etch her name in the history books again in August when she will be the first player, male or female, to play for four-consecutive professional major wins in a season at the RICOH Women’s British Open at St. Andrews.

Park has fared well in the Toledo-based event and will look to fine tune her game before an off week that precedes the Tour’s fourth major championship. She’ll be making her fifth appearance at the Marathon Classic this week and finished in a tie for third a year ago. Park’s previous performances at the Marathon Classic below:

Year  Finish Rounds & Total Money
2007 MC 75-71= 146 NA
2009 T25 66-71-68-69=274 $12,490
2010 6 67-66-70-69=272 $33,362
2012 T3 69-65-69-69=272 $77,045

                            

Back to Defend
So Yeon Ryu captured her second-career victory last year in Toledo. It was the lone win of her stellar rookie season in which she tallied 15 additional top-10 finishes en route to capturing Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. The win marked Ryu’s first victory as an LPGA Tour member, as she notched her first victory at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2011 at The Broadmoor as a member of the KLPGA.

Ryu is having a solid sophomore season and has posted strong finishes in the last three Tour stops (Manulife Financial LPGA Classic- T20; U.S. Women’s Open- 3rd; Walmart NW Arkansas Championship- 2nd). She has six top-10 finishes and ranks in the top-10 in seven statistical categories this year on Tour including:

Stat  Rank  Year to Date
Official Money List 5th $824,731
Greens in Regulation  9th 73%
Scoring Average  6th 70.396
Birdies 9th  194
Rounds in the 60’s 6th 21
Sub Par Holes 5th  198
Rolex Player of the Year 4th 73


Is this her time?
Angela Stanford came close to capturing her sixth-career victory last week in Waterloo, Ontario at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic and says her ball striking has been the best she has seen in her career. She fell to Hee Young Park in a three-hole playoff last week for a runner-up finish but posted four-consecutive rounds in the 60’s (63-67-64-64).

“If somebody would have told me you're going to shoot 64 today and not win, I would have thought they were crazy,” Stanford said after the playoff. “So for me to shoot 64‑64 on the weekend, you know, it's good for me but it's not a W, so you play to win.”

Stanford had another top-5 finish at the event prior to the Tour’s stop in Waterloo at the U.S. Women’s Open where she tied for fourth. The Saginaw, Texas native is still deciding whether she will be playing in the Tour’s fourth major at the RICOH Women’s British Open next month, but is set to make her fourth appearance at the Solheim Cup in August. She currently ranks fourth on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team points list.

Same place, new title
After 28 years of hosting the Toledo Classic, legendary Jamie Farr has passed the torch on to the Marathon Petroleum Corporation, who will be the title sponsor for this year’s Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.  The event also makes its return to global television via Golf Channel and the LPGA’s international television partners that will bring the tournament to more than 160 countries around the world. 

 

Quick facts
July 18-21
Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I
Highland Meadows Golf Club
Sylvania, Ohio

Field: 144 (143 professionals, 1 amateur)
Par:  34-37, 71
Yardage: 6,428
Purse: $1,300,000
Winner:  $195,000
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Defending champion: So Yeon Ryu

TV Times
Golf Channel
July 18  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July 19  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July 20  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July 21  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
All times Eastern

***This week’s field information: Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I***

2013 LPGA Tour rookies (21)
Chie Arimura
Julia Boland
Katie Burnett
Esther Choe
Lauren Doughtie
Paz Echeverria
Victoria Elizabeth
Breanna Elliott                                                             
Austin Ernst
Daniela Iacobelli
Kelly Jacques
Felicity Johnson
Sara-Maude Juneau                                          
Moriya Jutanugarn
Taylore Karle
Sue Kim
Lisa McCloskey
Brooke Pancake
Nicole Smith
Marina Stuetz
Ayako Uehara

Rolex Rankings
Top 6/10
Top 14/25

2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 7/10
Top 20: 9/20
Top 50: 38/50

 

Press conference schedule

Tuesday, July 16

2:00 p.m. So Yeon Ryu – defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 5

3:30 p.m. Inbee Park – currently the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 player

 

Wednesday, July 17 (exact times to be determined once pro-am times are announced)

11:15 a.m. Paula Creamer – nine-time LPGA Tour winner and 2008 winner here in Toledo

TBD Stacy Lewis – top-ranked American and was born in Toledo, Ohio

*Times are approximate and subject to change (all times are local in Sylvania)

 

***Symetra Tour current player and alum factoids***

As the LPGA Tour heads to Toledo, Ohio this week for the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I, Symetra Tour alum Angela Stanford is hoping to lean on positive memories from last year’s event to get her first win on Tour this season.

Last year, Stanford finished runner-up in the event after So Yeon Ryu fired a blistering final-round 10-under 62 to take home the victory. In addition to her solid finish last season, the Texas is coming off a tie for second finish at last week’s Manulife LPGA Classic after coming up just shy of the win in a three-hole playoff.

Stanford played on the Symetra Tour in 2000 where she won one event before earning her LPGA Tour card after a tied for fourth finish at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

Also scheduled to compete this week is Symetra Tour graduate Inbee Park. Park has been unstoppable this season, recording six wins including two in major championships. In addition to her six wins, Park ranks first on Tour in six statistical categories and is currently No. 1 on the Rolex Rankings.

Current Symetra Tour member Sue Kim will also tee it up in Toledo for her fifth start on the LPGA Tour this season. Kim currently leads the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card standings after claiming a victory at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic and posting two additional top-5 finishes.

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