Top Storylines for the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC

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Cristie Kerr holds the championship trophy after winning the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort on May 5, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

LPGA RETURNS TO KINGSMILL FOR THE 10TH TIME
This week’s Kingsmill Championship will mark the 10th time Kingsmill has hosted the LPGA at the River Course. 2014 marks the 31st time an LPGA or PGA tour event has been hosted by Kingsmill.

The Williamsburg-based event’s winners list is a Who’s Who of women’s golf with Grace Park, Se Ri Pak, Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb, Suzann Pettersen, Annika Sorenstam, and Jiyai Shin all taking the championship trophy home at least once from Kingsmill.

KERR FOR FOUR
A year ago Cristie Kerr knocked in a par putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Suzann Pettersen. Having already won in 2005 and 2009, the victory was her third at Kingsmill as she looks to claim her fourth win in 10 tournaments at Kingsmill.

Se Ri Pak (2004), Karrie Webb (2006) and Suzann Pettersen (2007) are also past champions set to return to Kingsmill.

COULD A PLAYOFF AGAIN DECIDE THE WINNER?
The 2012 Kingsmill Championship needed five days and nine extra holes to decide a winner. After Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin both finished at 16-under-par through 72 holes, each recorded eight straight pars before Shin won the longest playoff between two players in LPGA history with a par on the ninth playoff hole.

That trend of extra time continued last year when Cristie Kerr drained a clutch six-foot par putt on 18 to force a second consecutive playoff. Kerr failed to cash in the victory, though, on the first
extra hole, missing a six-foot birdie try. But she would close out Suzann Pettersen with a two-putt par the very next hole. Pettersen was also involved in the other playoff at Kingsmill when she needed extra holes in 2007 to beat Jee Young Lee, who is also in the field this week.

VIRGINIA NATIVES RETURN HOME
Two Virginia natives - Sandra Changkija and Jenny Suh - are back in their home state of Virginia this week. Changkija, who calls Alexandria, Va. home, is making her third trip to Kingsmill after finishing 70th here a year ago. Suh, a Fairfax, Va. native, is making her first trip to Kingsmill.

THE AMERICAN MOVEMENT CONTINUES
It’s been a banner year on tour for Americans this season. Through 10 events, five times an American has won - the strongest mark since 2007. Stacy Lewis’ victory marked the fifth different American to win on tour and seven Americans rank in the top 16 in the world, including four of the top 10.

Don’t look for this to subside anytime soon as each of the five American winners are under the age of 30, and Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson are 21 and 19, respectively.

LEWIS CHARGING FOR THE TOP SPOT
The shuffling at the top of the Rolex Rankings continues this week at the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC with Stacy Lewis following up Lydia Ko’s win at Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with a win of her own at the North Texas Shootout to bypass Ko for the No. 2 spot in the Rolex Rankings. Lewis’ win marked the ninth of her career and first of the year. Another win and Lewis could jump Inbee Park for No. 1 after 57 straight weeks atop the Rolex Rankings.

Ko was not in action at the North Texas Shootout but will be back in action this week. With eight of the top 10 in attendance, there’s potential for a major shakeup in the Rolex Rankings again this week.


QUICK FACTS
May 15-18
Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC
Kingsmill Resort - The River Course
Williamsburg, Virginia

Field: 144 (143 professionals, 1 amateurs)
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,340
Purse: $1,300,000
Winner: $195,000
Defending Champion: Cristie Kerr

TV TIMES  
Golf Channel  
May 15 8:30-10:30 PM
May 16 8:30-10:30 PM
May 17 5:00-7:00 PM
May 18 5:00-7:00 PM
  *All times are Eastern

2014 LPGA Tour Rookies (17)
Jaye Marie Green Xi Yu Lin
Megan Grehan Caroline Westrup
Dani Holmqvist Megan McChrystal
Emma Jandel Giulia Molinaro
Kim Kaufman Erica Popson
Stacey Keating Paula Reto
Jennifer Kirby Kelly Tan
Joanna Klatten Line Vedel
Lydia Ko  

Sponsor Invitations (2)
Charley Hull
Ashlan Ramsey (a)

Qualifiers (2)
Katy Harris (-2, 69)
Rachel Rohanna (E, 71)

Rolex Rankings
Top 10:
8/10
Top 20: 13/20

2014 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10:
8/10
Top 20: 16/20

PRESS CONFERENCE AND MEDIA EVENT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 13    
Time Event Location
2:00 PM Lydia Ko Press Conference Media Center
2:30 PM Suzann Pettersen Press Conference Media Center

Wednesday, May 14    
Time Event Location
TBD Cristie Kerr Press Conference Media Center
2:00 PM Stacy Lewis Press Conference Media Center

*All times are Eastern

 

 

 


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