ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer Top Storylines

Karrie Webb

Karrie Webb of Australia holds the championship trophy after winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on June 2, 2013 in Galloway, New Jersey.

THIS WEEK ON THE LPGA TOUR

Week of May 26, 2014
ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club - Bay Course
Galloway, New Jersey


TOP STORYLINES


LPGA RETURNS TO THE JERSEY SHORE FOR THE 26TH YEAR
The ShopRite Classic Presented by Acer is back on the shores of New Jersey for the 26th edition. The tournament originally debuted in Atlantic City in 1986 but did not take place from 2007-2009. The event is one of only three tournaments all season that crowns a champion after 54 holes and the first to do so this season. Historically, the Donald Ross designed Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club has been one of the tougher tracks the LPGA plays all season with fescue-lined fairways and speedy greens that form a difficult mix with the beach breeze coming in off of the bay.

CAN WEBB REPEAT?
Karrie Webb entered the final round at this event a year ago down five shots. But a blustery 25-30 mile per hour Sunday wind threw the tournament up for grabs, and Webb took advantage, firing one of the more impressive 68s you’ll ever see given the conditions. Only 13 players that Sunday fired under-par rounds, and Webb’s 4-under-par 209 three-day total tied the highest score ever to win the event. The 20-year tour veteran and seven-time major winner has already won twice this season at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and the JTBC Founder’s Cup and is looking to become the first person ever to repeat at this event. The only multiple winners at the ShopRite Classic Presented by Acer are a trio of Hall of Famers - Betsy King, Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam.

Webb had never been in contention at this event before last year and her win snapped a two-year drought. She’s currently ranked No. 6 in the Rolex Rankings after Lexi Thompson passed her last week at the Airbus LPGA Classic Presented by JTBC.

STACKED FIELD AWAITS
A stacked field that will have major implications to the Rolex Rankings awaits this week with every member of the top 10 set to play and 18 of the top 20. The field this week also includes the last four champions of this event - Karrie Webb (2013), Stacy Lewis (2012), Brittany Lincicome (2011) and Ai Miyazato (2010).

FENG BACK TO AVENGE 2013 FINAL ROUND
Shanshan Feng, No. 7 in the Rolex Rankings, is back for revenge this week. Entering last year’s final round, she held a five-shot lead but quickly doubled two holes on her opening nine and then lost the lead with bogeys on the 11th and 13th. A birdie on the 16th got her back within a shot of Webb heading into the 17th but a bogey derailed any chance she had of a comeback. Her final round 4-over 75 left her in second place and two shots back of Webb.

THE AMERICANS WIN STREAK CONTINUES
ᆳcans have resurged and are dominating.  Last Sunday’s win by Jessica Korda at the Airbus Classic Presented by JTBC marked the third straight week a different American player has won and there’s been five different American winners in the last six events. Currently, eight American players rank in the top 17 in the world. South Korea is the next closest country with three.

Korda’s win was her second of the year after taking home the title at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic to open the year. Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis, Lizette Salas and Paula Creamer are also in the field and looking for their second wins of the season to continue the American dominance.

WIE NEARING A CAREER YEAR ALREADY
Michelle Wie vaulted another two spots in the Rolex Rankings this week up to No. 10 after a tied for third finish at the Airbus LPGA Classic Presented by JTBC, but may be playing the best golf on tour over her last five tournaments. Each of her last five starts has resulted in a top-10 finish - the worst being a tie for ninth at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Four of those finishes were tied for third or better with a win at the LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf and a second-place finish at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Her seven top-10s this year are now just one short of her career year (2009) with over half the season left to play, and she sits No. 2 in the Race to the CME Globe.

QUICK FACTS

May 30 - June 1
ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - Bay Course Galloway, New Jersey

Field:
144 (143 professionals, 1 amateurs) Par: 71 Yardage: 6,177
Purse:
$1,500,000
- Winner:  $225,000
Defending Champion: Karrie Webb

TV Times
Golf Channel
May 30 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
May 31 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
June 1 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All times listed are Eastern

2014 LPGA Tour Rookies (15)
Amy Anderson Xi Yu Lin
Jaye Marie Green Megan Grehan
Kim Kaufman Stacey Keating
Jennifer Kirby Lydia Ko
Mirim Lee Megan McChrystal
Giulia Molinaro Erica Popson
Paula Reto Kelly Tan
Line Videl  


Sponsor Invitations (2)

Emily Talley
Kris Tamulis


Qualifiers (2)

Katy Harris  (-3, 68)
Reilley Rankin (-1,70)*

Q* - Two-hole playoff


Rolex Rankings

Top 10:
10/10
Top 20:
18/20


2014 LPGA Official Money List

Top 10:
10/10
Top 20: 18/20

PRESS CONFERENCE AND MEDIA EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 28

11:30 a.m. Michelle Wie Press Conference - Media Center
12:30 p.m. Inbee Park Press Conference - Media Center
2:10 p.m. Lizette Salas Press Conference - Media Center

Thursday, May 29

1:30 p.m. Jessica Korda Press Conference - Media Center
2:00 p.m. Lydia Ko Press Conference - Media Center
3:30 p.m. Horizon & Karen Stupples team up for Boys & Girls Club of AC - Media Center

* All times are Eastern

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