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Star-studded field heading for the Carribean
May 20, 2013

The LPGA Tour makes its first-ever appearance in the tropical islands of the Bahamas this week with the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. The Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island will feature a star-studded field of 144 players competing over four days for a chance at a $195,000 first-place check and to be the first to etch their name on the tournament’s trophy.

Nine of the top-10 in the Rolex Rankings are slated to be in the field this week with No. 2 Stacy Lewis still seeking to move closer to taking that No. 1 spot away from South Korea’s Inbee Park. Lewis tallied her eighth top-10 finish of the season last week at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, where she was just four strokes away from defending her title. She will be firing on all cylinders this week as she looks to grab her fifth-consecutive top-10 finish and third victory this season.

Park, along No. 3 Suzann Pettersen, No. 10 Cristie Kerr and five others in the top-10, heads to the Bahamas after taking a break from tournament play last week. While Park has claimed three victories this season, Pettersen and Kerr have one title each to their name. Kerr’s title came when she held off Pettersen ina dramatic two-hole sudden death playoff at the Kingsmill Championship earlier this month. Known to be fierce competitors on the links, Park, Lewis, Pettersen and Kerr are among the top players to watch this week.

Jennifer Johnson is also in the field this week after becoming the first Rolex First-Time Winner of the season at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. She overcame a three-stroke deficit heading into the final round to finish one stroke ahead of Pornanong Phatlum and Jessica Korda. Johnson’s previous best-finish this season was a tie for 13th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will be played May 23-26 and will be featured on Golf Channel all four days. The first and second rounds will air on tape delay from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST while Golf Channel will feature live coveragefrom 3-6 p.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.

Top Storylines

Paradise Awaits the LPGA: A world-class field will tee it up in Paradise this week at the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. The tournament, one of three new tournaments on the 2013 LPGA schedule, is a four-day, 72-hole stroke-play event with a $1.3 million purse and a $195,000 first-place check. Every 2013 tournament winner is in the field including 21-year-old Jennifer Johnson, who became a Rolex First-Time Winner at last week’s Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

The Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis, Paradise Island will play host to the LPGA for the first time this week. The course was originally designed by Dick Wilson and opened in 1954, but was completely redesigned by Tom Weiskopf, who opened the layout to the scenic ocean views while lengthening and toughening the course. The redesign was completed in 2000 and re-opened to rave reviews. The Ocean Club Golf Course, which borders the Atlantic Ocean, previously played host to the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational from 2001 to 2010 and currently hosts the Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Global Stars in Action: Some of the biggest names in women’s professional golf return to action this week as the race for the top spot on the Rolex Rankings continues. Currently No. 1 Inbee Park will be joined by nine of the top-10 players on the world rankings including No. 2 Stacy Lewis, who last week recorded her eighth top-10 finish of the season with a solo ninth in Mobile. Projections to determine if Lewis can unseat Park for the No. 1 spot this week will be available on Wednesday morning. Twenty-one major champions will tee it up on the 6,644-yard, par-73 layout this week.

Solheim Cup “Bubble” Travels to Bahamas: Each of the players ranked sixth through 10th on the U.S. Solheim Cup points race will play this week’s Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Jennifer Johnson moved into the 10th spot following a victory yesterday in Mobile. Lexi Thompson (sixth) and Jessica Korda (seventh) strengthened their spots in the race following a tie for 10th and a tie for second, respectively. Lizette Salas (eighth) and Brittany Lang (ninth) will look to regain momentum at the Ocean Club Golf Course. The top eight players on the points list qualify for the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team, followed by the top-two ranked players on the Rolex Rankings not otherwise qualified. U.S. Team Captain Meg Mallon will add two captain’s picks to round out the 12-player squad.

Competition at an all-time high on the LPGA: The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic is the second in a four-tournament stretch that concludes with the second major championship of the season – the Wegmans LPGA Championship. In recent tournaments, the Tour has seen intense competition:

LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf: Lizette Salas shot 62 on Sunday to force a playoff with Suzann Pettersen, who went on to win after one hole of sudden death

North Texas LPGA Shootout: Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park made birdie on 18 to win the inaugural event by one shot over Spaniard Carlota Ciganda.

Kingsmill Championship: Former Rolex Rankings No. 1 Cristie Kerr outlasted Suzann Pettersen in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff to pick up her 16th-career LPGA win

Mobile Bay LPGA Classic: In a week where birdies were bountiful, 21-year-old American Jennifer Johnson shot a final-round 65 to win by one shot over 20-year-old American Jessica Korda and Thailand Pornanong Phatlum

The Local Angle: Georgette Rolle, 28, received a sponsor’s exemption into the field. She is a two-time Bahamas National Women’s Amateur Champion (2003, 2007). She attended Texas Southern and is currently an assistant coach there and an LPGA Teaching Professional.

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