Top Storylines for the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions

Suzann Pettersen
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Suzann Pettersen of Norway smiles on the 18th hole after shooting 20 strokes under par to win during the final round of the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

THIS WEEK ON THE LPGA TOUR
Week of August 25, 2014

Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions
Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Portland, Oregon

TOP STORYLINES

STORIED HISTORY CONTINUES IN PORTLAND
The LPGA returns to the City of Roses for the 43rd year for the longest-running non-major event on Tour. The Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions will host a field vying for a $1.3 million purse at a familiar venue as well. The 72-hole event will be staged at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, marking the 28th year the venue has hosted the world’s best female golfers.

The event only trails the U.S. Women’s Open, LPGA Championship and Kraft Nabisco Championship as the longest-running event on Tour. Through 2013, the tournament has raised over $17 million for a variety of local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Oregon Junior Golf, Easter Seals of Oregon and Evans Scholars Foundation.

PETTERSEN SET TO DEFEND
Rolex Rankings No. 4 Suzann Pettersen will be primed for her title defense this week in Portland and has been playing some of the best golf of her career. Although she has yet to record a win this season, Pettersen has been on the brink of breaking back into the winner’s circle. She has nine top-10 finishes in 2014 including five in her last five starts. The Norway native is coming off a T7 last week in Canada.

Pettersen became a two-time winner of the Portland Classic a year ago and won her first title three years ago in 2011. She loves playing in the Pacific Northwest and shot three rounds in the 60’s last year en route to her 12th career victory. This event last year was the week Pettersen peaked and went on one of the strongest closing campaigns to a season in recent past. She won three of her last seven events and added two T3 finishes.

RYU COMING IN ON A ROLL
So Yeon Ryu has been knocking on the door for the past two seasons for her third LPGA Tour victory and the 24-year old finally picked up win No. 3 last week at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in London, Ontario.

The South Korea native shot all four rounds in the 60’s last week including a first-round 63 that broke the course record at the London Hunt & Country Club. Ryu has been one of the most consistent players on Tour in the recent past with nine top-10 finishes this season prior to her win and moved up four spots in the Rolex Rankings to No. 5 in the world.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR HULL
Charley Hull accepted her fifth LPGA sponsor exemption to the Portland Classic this week and will have another chance to earn money toward gaining LPGA status next season. Hull has earned a total of $193,886 at six events this season as a professional and has positioned herself well to have a chance at finishing the equivalent of top-40 on the LPGA Money List. Through last week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where Hull finished T55, she would rank 44th on the Money List with her earnings. She qualified for the Evian Championship based on her Rolex Rankings and will be the final chance to earn. The 18-year old accepted her sixth and final sponsor invite to the Sime Darby Malaysia in October but earnings at the event will not count toward earning status since the event does not have a cut.

GIGI STOLL EARNS SPOT IN PORTLAND CLASSIC FIELD
Gigi Stoll, a rising senior at nearby Beaverton High School won the Portland Classic Amateur Open last Monday to earn a spot in the field this week. It won’t be the first time Stoll has teed it up next to the world’s best female golfers, but will be the first time playing in a pro event in her home town.

She played in the U.S. Women’s Open at the age of 15 and has had a successful summer circuit, winning the Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Girls Amateur and the Oregon Amateur Championship.

Stoll has been volunteering at the Portland event since she was nine years old as a standard bearer and will have quite a different role this year inside the ropes.

STEEN USES THREE SYMETRA TOUR WINS FOR LPGA STATUS
Marissa Steen earned her way into this week’s field after winning her third event on the Symetra Tour this season at the Eagle Classic in Richmond, Va. on August 17th. The University of Memphis alum became the first player to accomplish the feat since 2010 and received Category 13 status.

Steen has been dominant on the Road to the LPGA Tour with seven additional top-10 finishes to her three wins this year. She leads the money list with $75,348, the most earned on Tour since 2010. She’ll be making her third LPGA start this year after qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open and Monday qualifying for the Marathon Classic.

QUICK FACTS

Field:
135 (134 professionals, 1 amateur)
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,465
Purse: $1,300,000
Winner: $195,500
Defending Champion: Suzann Pettersen

TV Times
Golf Channel

August 28 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
August 15 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
August 16 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
August 17 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
All times listed are Eastern

Sponsor Invitation(2)
Charley Hull (a)
Gigi Stoll

2014 LPGA Tour Rookies (21)
Anya Alvarez Joanna Klatten
Amy Anderson Xi Yu Lin
Dottie Ardina Megan McChrystal
Yueer Cindy Feng Giulia Molinaro
Jaye Marie Green Erica Popson
Megan Grehan Paula Reto
Dani Holmqvist Natalie Sheary
Emma Jandel Kelly Tan
Kim Kaufman Line Videl
Stacy Keating Caroline Westrup
Jennifer Kirby  

Rolex Rankings
Top 10: 4/10
Top 20: 11/20

2014 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 3/10
Top 20: 10/20

PRESS CONFERENCE AND MEDIA EVENT SCHEDULE
Tuesday, August 26
Time Event Location
12:00 p.m. So Yeon Ryu Press Conference Media Center
2:30 p.m. Gigi Stoll & Marissa Steen Media Center
3:00 p.m. Charley Hull Press Conference Media Center
Wednesday, August 27
11:30 p.m. Suzann Pettersen Press Conference Media Center
* All times are Pacific Time and subject to change

Topics: Storylines, Portland Classic

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