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

Beatriz Recari
Photo Credit: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Beatriz Recari of Spain holds the championship trophy after winning the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I on July 21, 2013 in Sylvania, Ohio.

Week of July 14, 2014
Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I
Highland Meadows Golf Club
Sylvania, Ohio

Founded in 1984, the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I has returned yearly to Northwest Ohio, except in 1986 and 2011, and will be the 29th time the LPGA has visited Toledo.

The past three former champions - Beatriz Recari, So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi - will all be in the field this week along with the worlds No. 1 and 2 players - Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko.

Beatriz Recari last returned to Sylvania, Ohio a little over a month ago for media day for this event and was impressed to find her name hanging on a street sign, an annual tradition for the winner of this tournament each year. If everything goes according to plan, that placard won’t have to come down for at least another year as Racari returns to Highland Meadows Golf Club looking for a repeat.

A year ago, she entered the final round tied with Paula Creamer - the 2008 champion - but was able to pull ahead on the 14th hole with a 12-foot birdie putt. After Creamer hit her approach on No. 16 to 3 feet to potentially tie it up, Recari holed a 25-foot birdie putt to nullify Creamer’s second. Both parred on the way in and Recari captured the third victory of her career.

LeBron James isn’t the only top player in the world to take his talents back to Ohio this week as the No. 1 player in the world Stacy Lewis returns to Toledo, where she was born. This is the first time Lewis has returned home with the top spot of the Rolex World Rankings.

Lewis was squarely in contention as the final round started Sunday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open but a disappointing final-round 78 stopped her from contending for what would have been her fourth win of the year. Lewis has never won this event but has 13 top-10s in 16 starts this year.

Michelle Wie, No. 2 on the money list and in the Race to the CME Globe standings, is also in the field this week and the duo have had an impressive back-and-forth with Lewis all year. When Wie took the U.S. Women’s Open by two shots over Lewis, the world No. 1 responded the very next week with a win. More fireworks in this rivalry could be coming this week.

Lexi Thompson stepped up to the 181-yard 14th hole in the final round a year ago, chasing Recari and Creamer for the win. She didn’t win, but she did win a car by sinking the 181-yard shot with a 6-iron for an ace.

Thompson, currently ranked No. 5 in the world, would go on to finish four back of Recari in a tie for third with Jodi Ewart Shadoff at 13-under-par for the week.

Mo Martin may have hit the new shot heard around the world on Sunday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. As one of the shortest hitters on tour, Martin was one back of the leaders with a 230-yard second shot into the par-5 18th facing her. She pulled out her three-wood, let it ride the wind right to left and nearly holed a double eagle as the ball wacked the flag stick, caroming off six feet away from the hole. She drained the putt and had to nervously wait for an hour as the final groups came in to see if Shanshan Feng or Inbee Park could put together a birdie on either of the par-5 17th and 18th holes. They couldn’t, and the 31-year-old with only one top-10 finish previously was suddenly a major championship winner.

The eagle was her first of the year and allowed her to jump 73 spots in the Rolex World Rankings all the way up to No. 26 and is now 14th on the money list. Martin played years on the Road to the LPGA - the Symetra Tour looking for her big breakthrough. She got it Sunday.

Field: 142 (141 professionals, 1 amateurs)
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,512
Purse: $1,400,000
Winner: $210,000
Defending Champion: Beatriz Racari

TV Times
Golf Channe
July 17 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 18 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 19 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 20 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All times listed are Eastern

Sponsor Invitations (2)
Mariah Stackhouse (a)
Caroline Powers

2014 LPGA Tour Rookies (22)

Brittany Altomare Joanne Klatten
Anya Alvarez Lydia Ko
Amy Anderson Mirim Lee
Dottie Ardina Megan McChrystal
Jaye Marie Green Giulia Molinaro
Megan Grehan Erica Popson
Dani Holmqvist Paula Reto
Emma Jandel Natalie Sheary
Kim Kaufman Kelly Tan
Stacy Keating Line Videl
Jennifer Kirby Caroline Westrup

Qualifiers (2)
Marissa Steen (-4, 67)
Rachel Rohanna (-4, 67)

Rolex Rankings
Top 10: 5/10
Top 20: 10/20

2014 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 6/10
Top 20: 13/20

Tuesday, July 15
Time Event Location
TBD Mo Martin Press Conference Media Center
Wednesday, July 16
11:00 a.m. Lydia Ko Press Conference Media Center
2:00 p.m. Paula Creamer Press Conference Media Center
2:00 p.m. Stacy Lewis Press Conference Media Center
* All times are Eastern Standard Time

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