Park Tries to Continue Major dominance
Inbee Park returns this week to Mission Hills Country Club, the place where her magical major run began last year when she ran away from the field for her second career major title. It was the first of three straight major victories for the 25-year-old. By winning the first three majors of 2013, Park became just the fourth player in LPGA history to record three Major victories in the season and the first to do it since Pat Bradley accomplished the feat in 1986.
Lewis Looks to Add More Major Hardware
While Inbee Park captured the goling world with her Major streak to start the 2013 season, Sta- cy Lewis was able to end the streak and take home her second-career major at the RICOH British Open.
Lewis became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and then added her second major title at St. Andrew’s. Lewis, who is sitting in fourth in the Race to the CME Globe, has recorded top-10 finishes in 16 of her past 17 events on Tour.
A Proud Tradtion Continues at Mission Hills
One of the most iconic venues in women’s golf will once again play host to one of the Tour’s premire events. Mission Hills has been an LPGA tradition since 1972 and is entering its 43rd year.
The event, which has been a major since 1983, holds the distinction of being the second oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course, trailing only Augusta National and The Masters.
Who Will Take the Leap in 2014?
The most prominant tradtion of the Kraft Nabisco Championship is the winner’s post-round dive into Poppie’s Pond. Since 1988, when Amy Alcott made the initial leap, 22 golfers have taken the plung into the famous pond.Every champion since 1994 has ended their day by joyously sub- merging themsleves in the water just off the 18th green at Mission Hills.
Nordqvist On a Roll
Anna Nordqvist waited nearly five years to get back in the winner’s circle on the LPGA Tour with her convincing wire-to-wire victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand. Nordqvist’s second victory of the season didn’t take nearly as long, a mere 28 days after her victory in Thailand Nordqvist captured the Kia Classic title thanks to a pair of 67s on the weekend. With the victory in Carlsbad, Nordqvist joined Karrie Webb as players with multiple wins in 2014.
International Crown Field Set
|Pool "A"||Pool " B"|
|1.||United States||32||2.||South Korea||33|
|Stacy Lewis||3||Inbee Park||1|
|Paula Creamer||8||So Yeon Ryu||6|
|Lexi Thompson||9||Na Yeon Choi||11|
|Cristie Kerr||12||I.K. Kim||15|
|Pornanong Phatlum||30||Mika Miyazato||27|
|Ariya Jutanugarn||34||Ai Miyazato||31|
|Moriya Jutanugarn||80||Sakura Yokomine||36|
|Onnarin Sattayabanphot||86||Rikako Morita||37|
|Azahara Munoz||19||Anna Nordqvist||10|
|Beatriz Recari||23||Caroline Hedwall||24|
|Carlota Ciganda||45||Pernilla Lindberg||112|
|Belen Mozo||149||Mikaela Parmlid||172|
|Karrie Webb||5||Yani Tseng||46|
|Katherine Kirk||110||Teresa Lu||48|
|Minjee Lee||115||Candie Kung||97|
|Lindsey Wright||130||Hsuan-Yu Yao||160|
Kraft Nabisco Championship Mission Hills Country Club Dinah Shore Tournament Course Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Field: 112 (102 professionals, 10 amateurs)
Defending Champion: Inbee Park
April 3 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
April 3 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
April 4 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
April 4 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
April 5 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
April 6 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
All times listed are Eastern
2014 LPGA Tour Rookies (3) Lydia Ko Mirim Lee Line Vedel
Sponsor Invitations (9)
Brooke Henderson (a) Nelly Korda (a) Allison Lee (a) Minjee Lee (a)
Su-Hyon Oh (a) Annie Park (a) Ashlyn Ramsey (a) Emma Talley (a) Angel Yin (a)
Rolex Rankings Top 10: 10/10
Top 20: 20/20
2014 LPGA Official Money List Top 10: 10/10
Top 20: 20/20
Past Champions (since it became a major)
|1983||Amy Alcott||1994||Donna Andrews||2005||Annika Sorenstam|
|1984||Juli Inkster||1995||Nanci Bowen||2006||Karrie Webb|
|1985||Alice Miller||1996||Patty Sheehan||2007||Morgan Pressel|
|1986||Pat Bradley||1997||Betsy King||2008||Lorena Ochoa|
|1987||Betsy King||1998||Pat Hurst||2009||Brittany Lincicome|
|1988||Amy Alcott||1999||Dottie Pepper||2010||Yani Tseng|
|1989||Juli Inkster||2000||Karrie Webb||2011||Stacy Lewis|
|1990||Betsy King||2001||Annika Sorenstam||2012||Sun Young Yoo|
|1991||Amy Alcott||2002||Annika Sorenstam||2013||Inbee Park|
|1992||Dottie Pepper||2003||Patricia Meunier-Lebouc|
|1993||Helen Alfredsson||2004||Grace Park|
PRESS CONFERENCE AND MEDIA EVENT SCHEDULE
|Tuesday, April 1|
|12:45 p.m.||International Crown Press Conference||Media Center|
|1:45 p.m.||Karrie Webb Press Conference||Media Center|
|2:00 p.m.||Stacy Lewis Press Conference||Media Center|
|2:20 p.m.||Paula Creamer Press Conference||Media Center|
|2:40 p.m.||Lydia Ko Press Conference||Media Center|
|3:00 p.m.||Michelle Wie Press Conference||Media Center|
|Wednesday, April 2|
|10:00 a.m.||Juli Inkster Press Conference||Media Center|
|1:10 p.m.||Inbee Park Press Conference||Media Center|
|1:30 p.m.||Anna Nordqvist Press Conference||Media Center|
|2:30 p.m.||Press Conference with Rolex, Mike Whan & Annika Sorenstam||Media Center|
* All times are Pacific