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Round 4 - Park wins 3rd consecutive KPMG in style

June 14, 2015

Inbee Park wrapped up her third-consecutive KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in style firing a bogey-free, 68, to finish at 19-under for the event and cruise to a five-shot victory over Sei Young Kim.

“It feels amazing,” Park said. “It feels amazing to win three times in a row. Obviously putting my name alongside like Annika Sorenstam or Patty Berg, legends of golf, just being a part of history of this golf tournament, I feel extremely honored, and I can't believe that I just did it.”

The victory is the sixth Major of Park’s career tying Pat Bradley, Kathy Whitworth, Amy Alcott and Betsy King for ninth on the LPGA’s all-time list. The victory also moves Park past Se Ri Pak (5) and Yani Tseng (5) for the most Major victories by an Asian born player.

“She had great accomplishments in women's golf, inspired a lot of young Korean golfers like me,” Park said of Pak. “To win more majors than her, I never thought I would be able to win more majors than her or tournaments than her. The accomplishments that she's had, it was just nearly impossible to get, but slowly getting there.”

Park is projected to retake the top spot in the Rolex Rankings for the third time in her career with her win at Westchester Country Club and also moves to the top of the LPGA Money List and Rolex Player of the Year Rankings.

“This definitely really elevated our major championship for sure,” Park said of the event. “This tournament's been really a true major golf tournament for us, for the LPGA. The golf setup, the venue, everything, the facility, the fans, everything has just been phenomenal for us.”

Sei Young Kim finished second at 14-under while Lexi Thompson rounded out the top-3 at 12-under thanks to a final round 66.

Inbee Park (-19) pockets sixth careet major at KPMG Women's PGA Championship:
Inbee Park posted a final-round 68 to win the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. Park, never trailed on Sunday, winning by five strokes over Sei Young Kim, after entering the final round with a two-stroke lead. Park’s victory today was her fifth in 12 major championships played on the LPGA Tour since the beginning of 2013.

Three-peat:
Remarkably, Inbee Park won this championship for a third straight year on a third different golf course (Westchester Country Club/West Course, Monroe Country Club, Locust Hill Country Club). Park’s victory this week matches Annika Sörenstam, who won three straight LPGA Championship titles from 2003-05. Sörenstam’s three-peat, however, came on “only” two courses (DuPont Country Club in 2003 and ’04, Bulle Rock Golf Club in 2005).

Park's place again atop the rankings:
With her victory today, Inbee Park reclaimed the No. 1 position in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Lydia Ko had held the top spot for the previous 19 weeks.

Three's a crowd:
Inbee Park, with her victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this week, becomes the sixth player to post three career wins in this championship. Mickey Wright won a record four times (1958, 1960, ’61, ’63). Park now joins Nancy Lopez, Se Ri Pak, Annika Sörenstam and Kathy Whitworth as three-time winners.

Hanging with the Hall-of-Famers:
By securing her sixth career major title, Inbee Park is now tied for ninth on the LPGA’s major victories list with Pat Bradley, Betsey King, Patty Sheehan and Kathy Whitworth. Twelve of the 13 LPGA Legends to garner at least six major titles are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The lone exception is the 26 year-old Park.

Most Major Championships - LPGA
RANK
PLAYERS
MAJORS
1
Patty Berg
15
2
Mickey Wright
13
3
Louise Suggs
11
T4
Annika Sorenstam
10
T4
Babe Zaharias
10
6
Betsy Rawls
8
T7
Juli Inkster
7
T7
Karrie Webb
7
T9
Inbee Park
6
T9
Pat Bradley
6
T9
Betsy King
6
T9
Patty Sheehan
6
T9
Kathy Whitworth
6

More on the six majors:
Only three active players on the PGA or LPGA tours have won more major championships than Inbee Park’s six: Tiger Woods (14), Juli Inkster (7), Karrie Webb (7).

New York state of mind:
Four of Inbee Park’s six career major championships have occurred in the Empire State: 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Westchester Country Club, Harrison), 2014 LPGA Championship (Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford), 2013 LPGA Championship (Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford), 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship (Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton).

The trend continues:
With Inbee Park’s victory today at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, a foreign-born player claimed this major championship for the 14th time in 15 years dating to 2001. The lone American to win during this 15-year span was Cristie Kerr (2010 LPGA Championship, Locust Hill Country Club).

That's low:
By finishing 19-under par, 273 for the tournament, Inbee Park matched this championship’s record in relation to par. Park equaled the former mark which was shared by Yani Tseng (2011) and Cristie Kerr (2010).

Great eight:
Lexi Thompson posted eight birdies in today’s final round and her 66 matched the low round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She finished third overall at 12-under par.

Top five again:
Three players have posted top five finishes in each of the LPGA’s first two majors of the 2015 season: Sei Young Kim (second KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, tied-fourth ANA Inspiration), Brittany Lincicome (fourth KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, won ANA Inspiration) and Morgan Pressel (tied-fifth KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, tied-four ANA Inspiration).

Two days as a marker:
For the second straight day, PGA of America Secretary Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut, served as a playing “marker” in the Championship. Her playing partner, Lee-Ann Pace, turned in a three-under-par 70 – the best round of the week – to finish at 4-over-par 296. Whaley’s caddie today was her oldest daughter, Jenn, 20, the captain of the women’s golf team at Quinnipiac University. On Saturday, Whaley was the marker for Hee Kyung Seo.

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Round 3 - Park takes lead for three-peat

June 13, 2015

Inbee Park will look to make history and tie Annika Sorenstam’s record of three-consecutive KPMG Women’s PGA Championship victories tomorrow as she takes a two-shot lead over fellow South Korean Sei Young Kim into the final round.

“I don't know how to describe in words how I'm going to feel tomorrow if I ended up winning tomorrow but definitely it will feel very good,” Park said. “Obviously, I've done something three times before; I won three majors in a row before. I'm just trying to give myself the confidence that I can do it, do another three-time tomorrow.”

Park, who already has five Majors to her name, shot the low round of the day with a bogey free, 7-under, 66.

“The way I've been playing, I've really been happy with ball striking, and today was the best putting day yet,” Park explained. “So I mean, it definitely gives me a lot of motivation and confidence going into tomorrow.”

Chasing Park will be Kim who has already won twice this season including a dramatic playoff victory over Park at the LOTTE Championship in April. Kim chipped in for par to force a playoff and defeated Park on the first playoff hole by jarring an 8-iron from 154 yards for eagle and the victory.

“I don't mind my position right now because I feel comfortable,” Kim said. “I have done this before. So tomorrow I will be aggressive and I will do my best to try to win tomorrow.”

Multiple Major winners Suzann Pettersen and Karrie Webb sit six shots back of Park at 8-under, as does 17-year old Brooke Henderson.

Behind the group at 8-under sit four Major Champions, Morgan Pressel (-7), Shanshan Feng (-6), Brittany Lincicome (-6) and Hyo Joo Kim (-6).

Park (-14) builds 2-stroke cushion entering final round:
Inbee Park fired a 7-under 66 on Saturday afternoon, building a two-stroke lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. In the process, Park not only had the best round of the day but also tied her best 18-hole performance in the Championship. She is aiming for her sixth career major championship.

Park's place:
Park, currently ranked No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, is the two-time defending champion, having won previously at Locust Hill Country Club (2013) and Monroe Country Club (2014). Six women, including Park, have won this Championship in consecutive seasons, but of the six, only Annika Sörenstam (2003-05) claimed three straight titles. Park can match Sörenstam’s three-peat with another title defense this week. At the same time, Park can reclaim the No. 1 ranking. Park has been here before, “When you're trying to [win] the second, third time in a row, it just feels like you've done your homework already. So you feel a little bit more relaxed and you kind of know how it feels like and how it's going to play like.”

Has been six years?
At 12-under, two shots off the lead, 22-year-old Sei Young Kim (-12) has already won twice (Lotte Championship, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic) during her rookie season, but she is also gunning to become the first rookie to win a major championship since Anna Nordqvist accomplished the feat in 2009 at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Maryland. It should be noted that at last year’s Evian Championship, Hyo Joo Kim won the title in the first major of her career, but at the time, she was not a member of the LPGA Tour. Sei Young Kim, when reminded that she is known as the “Comeback Queen” in Korea, replied “I don't mind my position right now because I feel comfortable. Sounds like I have done this before. So tomorrow I will be aggressive and I will do my best to try to win.”

They've battled before, you know:
This is not the first time in 2015 that Seoul, South Korea natives Inbee Park (-14) and Sei Young Kim (-12) have dueled. In mid-April in Oahu, Hawaii, Kim “stole” the LOTTE Championship from Park by chipping in on the 18th hole to force a playoff, then holed out for eagle on the 73rd hole to claim the victory.

Lincicome's drive for five:
Brittany Lincicome enters tomorrow’s final round at six-under par (tied-seventh). She surged up the leaderboards after recording five consecutive birdies on holes 9-13. “I was trying not to look at my scorecard, and trying not to look at the standard bearer because you're trying not to think about, I birdied two in a row, I birdied three in a row; you want to keep it going. But yeah, it's really fun,” said Lincicome, who won the LPGA’s first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, back in April.

Feng back in the top 10 thanks to strong back nine:
Shanshan Feng posted the second-best round of the day, a 5-under 68, to surge up the leaderboard (only leader Inbee Park went lower at 66). “I think my putting really improved compared to two days ago,” said Feng, who needed just 12 putts en route to a five-under par 32 on the back nine.” Feng, who won this this tournament in 2012 at Locust Hill Country Club, is currently tied for seventh place, eight shots behind Park.

Eagles for a cause:
Seven total eagles were made at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Saturday and players raised $7,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project as part of the season-long Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends.

Today’s seven eagles push the season-total to $134,000. Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends is a season-long charity program that will be tied into the Race to the CME Globe. Each Saturday and Sunday at LPGA tournaments, CME Group will donate $1,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® for each eagle that is recorded. This amount will increase to $5,000 for each eagle during the weekend of the CME Group Tour Championship and a formal check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project® during the trophy ceremony at the CME Group Tour Championship. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org

PGA Secretary Suzy Whaley serves as "playing marker":
PGA of America Secretary Suzy Whaley has made history several times in her golf career, and got another opportunity Saturday morning. The first female national officer in PGA of America history got the invitation to become a playing “marker” for Korea’s Hee Kyung Seo, who was slated to tee off alone at 7:30 a.m., after Friday night’s 36-hole cut resulted in an odd-numbered 73 players. “I got the call (from PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh) at 9 p.m. last night, asking me, “Can you be the marker?’” said Whaley, the PGA Director of Instruction at Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell, Connecticut. “I said, ‘Absolutely, I can be the marker.’ I’ve never been a marker before.” Whaley, who last competed in a major in 2005 at the LPGA Championship, hurried to find a caddie. She called Chris DeJohn, 28, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, who is a member of the Latino American Tour and has received lessons since he was 12 from Whaley’s husband, PGA Professional Bill Whaley at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Seo finished with an even-par 73, while Whaley, who did not disclose a score, said “I did all I could to keep out of Seo’s way.” Whaley will again serve as a marker for Sunday’s final round.

Looking forward to Sahalee:
The PGA of America announced that the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. The championship will be played June 9-12 and will again be a collaborative effort between the PGA of America, the LPGA and KPMG. Sahalee, site of the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major, following the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open in 1946, in Spokane.

Designed by Ted Robinson in 1969 and renovated by Rees Jones in 1996, Sahalee Country Club takes its name after the Chinook phrase, “High Heavenly Ground.” The par-72 layout was carved out of the tall majestic Cedar and Douglas Fir native to the Pacific Northwest and is consistently ranked among America’s greatest courses. During the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Sahalee will play to 6,692 yards. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, brings together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders.

Round 2 - Kim takes narrow lead over Park

June 12, 2015

Rookie Sei Young Kim, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour already this season, posted a bogey-free 68 to take the 36-hole lead at 8-under at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

“It's very great,” Kim said of leading a Major through an interpreter. “Today I played very well, bogey-free. Again, played very well.”

Kim sits a shot clear of Inbee Park, the two-time defending champion at this event, and Karrie Webb, a seven-time Major winner.

“I think everybody tries to concentrate a little bit extra,” Park said of playing in a major. “I think that's why everyone brings their ‘A’ Game to the major championships.”

The leaderboard certainly reflects Park’s statement as Major Champions Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson, Morgan Pressel and Mo Martin all sit within five strokes of Kim’s lead.

73 players made the cut at 1-over 147. Notable players to miss the cut include Jessica Korda, two-time KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Yani Tseng and Lydia Ko, who missed the first cut of her 53 event LPGA career.

All about the cut:
Seventy-three players made the 36-hole cut of 1-over-par 147. The cut line tied the 1987 and 1999 Championships for the second-lowest cut in relation to par.

Notables who missed the cut: World No. 1 Lydia Ko (+2). Prior to today, Ko had not missed a cut in all 53 starts she had made on the LPGA Tour dating back to the 2012 Handa Women’s Australian Open.

"The front nine was OK,” said Ko. "I just made a double and just couldn't get anything turned around. They are one of the tougher holes you play. I just kind of made bogey after bogey and when you do that, it's not great. But yeah, I tried to finish strong. I made two good putts the last two holes. It was already kind of too late.”

Also missing the cut: Yani Tseng (+4), a two-time winner of this Championship, and Jessica Korda (+2).

Pettersen's flawless finish:
Suzann Pettersen turned in the lowest-round Friday, a 7-under-par 66, which was the product of a seven-birdie, bogey-free performance. That allowed her to jump 73 places to a share of fourth at 7-under-par 140. A winner of this Championship in 2007, Pettersen is seeking her third major crown. She also won the 2013 Evian Championship, the first year of that event as a major. Pettersen is coming off a victory at last week’s Manulife LPGA Classic. If Pettersen can win Sunday, it would mark the ninth time in KPMG Women’s PGA Championship history that a player has won this major championship after having won the previous week on Tour.

Veteran caddie knows the neighborhood:
Caddie Paul Fusco, 47, of Ponte Vedra, Florida, is the perfect fit for Korea’s Sei Young Kim, the 36-hole leader of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Fusco has caddied 12 times in professional events at Westchester Country Club. Among the players Fusco has served include Vijay Singh, who won twice here on the West Course in 1993 through 1995 (the former Buick Classic). Fusco, who has caddied for five Korean players (men and women) in his 23-year caddying career, began working for Kim at last December. They met at the LPGA Tour Qualifying School in Daytona Beach, Florida. “I got the call from her manager, drove to meet Sei Young and her parents, and felt that it was a good fit right away,” said Fusco. “I was very impressed. She has such a great attitude. If something bad happens, she is ready for the next shot.”

Minnesota's Grimes low among 8 PGA/LPGA professionals:
Lisa Grimes of Alexandria, Minnesota, the LPGA Director of Instruction at Alexandria Golf Club, has competed in 16 major championships. She turned in a 1-over-par 74 to finish 36 holes at 7-over-par 153, which was the lowest 36-hole total among eight qualifiers from last summer’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals National Championship. “I like the pathway to arrive here,” said Grimes, 54, an Arizona State alumnus who has two children and five grandchildren. “I like competing. Preparing for this event, it’s hard for us. We teach for a living. So, quality practice time is more quality that quantity.” LPGA Teaching Professional Jean Bartholomew of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was next among the LPGA/PGA Club Professional delegation at 9-over-par 155.

Round 1 - Shin takes early lead in New York

June 11, 2015

Jenny Shin carded a bogey free round of 7-under, 66, to take a one-shot lead over 17-year-old sponsor invite Brooke Henderson after the opening round at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Throughout the round, Shin had her eye on the leaderboard, something that is not unusual to her.

“I was chasing the leaderboard all day and I was surprised that Webby was at 6 at one point and thought, how is she shooting 6-under par,” Shin said. “I got there and I was like, maybe I can get one more on the 18th hole and I did.”

Shin, who tallied five birdies and an eagle on the day, has brought her “A” game to Majors as of late making the cut in the past 14, however, today marked her lowest round in a major by two strokes.

“I've been playing okay, and I feel like I have my first win coming up and I thought, you know, it's a major, I want to play well,” Shin explained.

This marks the second time in her career that Shin has slept on the lead, the prior time was at the 2012 HSBC Women’s Champions where she had a career-best finish of T2.

For most of the day it looked Henderson would be joining Shin at 7-under but a bogey on the par-5 ninth, her final hole of the day, dropped her to 6-under and a shot behind Shin.
Seven-time Major Champion Karrie Webb, Moriya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull sit two back at 5-under as 39 golfers sit within five shots of Shin’s lead.

Two-time champion keeps pace:
Two-time defending champion Inbee Park overcame two front-nine bogeys to collect five birdies and finish at 2-under-par-71. “I think everybody feels a little pressure because it's a major tournament and everybody wants to do well,” said Park. Because it is a major tournament and this is a great event, that's why we feel the pressure. So I'm happy.”

Five-dollar birdie motivation:
Brittany Lincicome and Jessica Korda had each slipped to 1-over-par after nine holes Thursday, and decided they needed an incentive. They agreed to play a $5 side bet on birdies that might pick things up in their respective rounds. They each finished 4-under on the back side, with Korda making a birdie at 18 after Lincicome had eagled No. 15. The money game ended in a draw. “We just kind of needed something to kind of motivate us to get back in it,” said Lincicome. “We weren't out of it by any means, but obviously being a major, you never know if you're going to birdie that many holes coming in. If you're already over par, it's hard to get it back. It was just fun.” The third member of the threesome, Cristie Kerr, also finishing 3-under-par, wasn’t part of the money game. “We didn’t let Kerr in because she was already making too many birdies,” said Lincicome. “She doesn’t need any motivation.”

A special week - the Lindsays rule:
Janet Lindsay of Jackson, Mississippi, who retired in 2014 after 19 years as a member of the LPGA Rules Committee, made a special call to duty this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Lindsay and her husband, former PGA of America President Ken Lindsay, marked the second time working together on the same Rules Committee at a PGA of America-operated championship. They last appeared together on the Rules Committee at the 2000 PGA Championship. Ken, who has spent 35 years as a PGA Rules official, was chair of the national PGA Rules Committee from 1984-89.

What debut?
Canadian Brooke Henderson, 17, in second place after the opening round, made the most of her debut in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship off to a rousing start. She birdied No. 10, her opening hole of the day, and eagled No. 12, a 474-yard-yard, par-5. She added birdies at Nos. 3, 5, 6 and 15.

Laurie Rinker returns:
PGA Club Professional Laurie Rinker of Stuart, Florida, returned to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for the first time since 2009. She earned a berth as one of eight qualifiers from last summer’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals National Championship. Rinker tied for third in the 1987 LPGA Championship. “I think the course is magnificent. The PGA of America did a great job putting this event,” said Rinker. “They kept the green speed down. I kept leaving them short today. On our senior (Legends Tour), I’m not used to hitting a long club into the green. I felt I did have the fitness to climb these hills. But I did have fun. I wanted to be a part of this with the PGA of America being involved. I think it’s going to be a good event in the years forward.”

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total Dif. Prize Money
1 Inbee Park 71 - 68 - 66 - 68 273 -19 $525,000.00
2 Sei Young Kim 70 - 68 - 69 - 71 278 -14 $323,230.00
3 Lexi Thompson 70 - 72 - 72 - 66 280 -12 $234,480.00
4 Brittany Lincicome 70 - 74 - 69 - 68 281 -11 $181,389.00
5T Morgan Pressel 73 - 70 - 69 - 70 282 -10 $132,725.00
5T Brooke M. Henderson 67 - 73 - 71 - 71 282 -10 $132,725.00
7T Suzann Pettersen 74 - 66 - 71 - 72 283 -9 $93,793.00
7T Karrie Webb 68 - 71 - 72 - 72 283 -9 $93,793.00
9T Gerina Piller 72 - 70 - 73 - 69 284 -8 $72,261.00
9T Anna Nordqvist 71 - 73 - 70 - 70 284 -8 $72,261.00
9T Hyo Joo Kim 70 - 74 - 69 - 71 284 -8 $72,261.00
12 Sandra Gal 70 - 74 - 75 - 66 285 -7 $61,937.00
13T Minjee Lee 72 - 74 - 73 - 67 286 -6 $50,376.00
13T Karine Icher 69 - 75 - 72 - 70 286 -6 $50,376.00
13T So Yeon Ryu 72 - 72 - 71 - 71 286 -6 $50,376.00
13T Stacy Lewis 70 - 71 - 73 - 72 286 -6 $50,376.00
13T Shanshan Feng 73 - 72 - 68 - 73 286 -6 $50,376.00
19T Lizette Salas 74 - 71 - 73 - 69 287 -5 $41,410.00
19T Cristie Kerr 70 - 72 - 73 - 72 287 -5 $41,410.00
21 Wei-Ling Hsu 74 - 71 - 72 - 71 288 -4 $39,288.00
22T Sadena Parks 74 - 73 - 75 - 67 289 -3 $35,792.00
22T Catriona Matthew 73 - 72 - 72 - 72 289 -3 $35,792.00
22T Jenny Shin 66 - 75 - 76 - 72 289 -3 $35,792.00
22T Julieta Granada 72 - 71 - 71 - 75 289 -3 $35,792.00
26T Amy Yang 73 - 73 - 75 - 69 290 -2 $29,553.00
26T Sydnee Michaels 71 - 74 - 75 - 70 290 -2 $29,553.00
26T Mo Martin 72 - 71 - 75 - 72 290 -2 $29,553.00
26T Mirim Lee 72 - 72 - 73 - 73 290 -2 $29,553.00
26T Charley Hull 68 - 74 - 75 - 73 290 -2 $29,553.00
26T Chella Choi 70 - 74 - 72 - 74 290 -2 $29,553.00
32T Mi Jung Hur 71 - 74 - 74 - 72 291 -1 $25,128.00
32T Q Baek 74 - 71 - 71 - 75 291 -1 $25,128.00
34T Felicity Johnson 73 - 74 - 75 - 70 292 E $20,907.00
34T Moriya Jutanugarn 68 - 78 - 74 - 72 292 E $20,907.00
34T Paula Creamer 71 - 76 - 72 - 73 292 E $20,907.00
34T Na Yeon Choi 76 - 70 - 73 - 73 292 E $20,907.00
34T Dori Carter 72 - 72 - 75 - 73 292 E $20,907.00
34T Jennifer Song 70 - 73 - 75 - 74 292 E $20,907.00
34T Candie Kung 70 - 72 - 74 - 76 292 E $20,907.00
41T Becky Morgan 72 - 73 - 78 - 70 293 1 $15,440.00
41T Michelle Wie 75 - 72 - 75 - 71 293 1 $15,440.00
41T Thidapa Suwannapura 72 - 75 - 74 - 72 293 1 $15,440.00
41T Angela Stanford 73 - 72 - 76 - 72 293 1 $15,440.00
41T Hee Kyung Seo 74 - 73 - 73 - 73 293 1 $15,440.00
41T Ha Na Jang 72 - 73 - 73 - 75 293 1 $15,440.00
41T Mika Miyazato 74 - 71 - 72 - 76 293 1 $15,440.00
41T Jane Rah 70 - 74 - 73 - 76 293 1 $15,440.00
49T Perrine Delacour 71 - 76 - 77 - 70 294 2 $12,255.00
49T Brittany Lang 71 - 75 - 75 - 73 294 2 $12,255.00
49T Jee Young Lee 75 - 70 - 76 - 73 294 2 $12,255.00
49T Jane Park 72 - 74 - 74 - 74 294 2 $12,255.00
53T Juli Inkster 73 - 73 - 79 - 70 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Marina Alex 72 - 72 - 80 - 71 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Meena Lee 72 - 75 - 76 - 72 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Kelly Tan 74 - 73 - 75 - 73 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Min Lee 70 - 77 - 75 - 73 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Haru Nomura 73 - 73 - 74 - 75 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Laura Davies 72 - 74 - 74 - 75 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Mi Hyang Lee 73 - 72 - 75 - 75 295 3 $9,930.00
53T Azahara Munoz 70 - 73 - 75 - 77 295 3 $9,930.00
62T Alison Lee 72 - 74 - 80 - 70 296 4 $8,318.00
62T Lee-Anne Pace 73 - 72 - 81 - 70 296 4 $8,318.00
62T Joanna Klatten 70 - 74 - 78 - 74 296 4 $8,318.00
65T Mina Harigae 71 - 75 - 77 - 74 297 5 $7,609.00
65T Kris Tamulis 71 - 72 - 80 - 74 297 5 $7,609.00
65T Kelly Shon 71 - 76 - 75 - 75 297 5 $7,609.00
65T Jenny Suh 73 - 73 - 75 - 76 297 5 $7,609.00
65T Alena Sharp 72 - 74 - 75 - 76 297 5 $7,609.00
70 Amy Anderson 74 - 73 - 77 - 75 299 7 $7,080.00
71 Caroline Hedwall 71 - 71 - 82 - 76 300 8 $6,992.00
72 Gwladys Nocera 71 - 75 - 78 - 77 301 9 $6,900.00
73 P.K. Kongkraphan 74 - 73 - 79 - 76 302 10 $6,812.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 76 - 72 148 2 $0.00
CUT SooBin Kim 75 - 73 148 2 $0.00
CUT Christel Boeljon 74 - 74 148 2 $0.00
CUT Lisa Ferrero 74 - 74 148 2 $0.00
CUT Kim Kaufman 73 - 75 148 2 $0.00
CUT Xi Yu Lin 73 - 75 148 2 $0.00
CUT Ryann O'Toole 73 - 75 148 2 $0.00
CUT Kendall Dye 72 - 76 148 2 $0.00
CUT Austin Ernst 72 - 76 148 2 $0.00
CUT Lydia Ko 72 - 76 148 2 $0.00
CUT Mariajo Uribe 72 - 76 148 2 $0.00
CUT Jessica Korda 70 - 78 148 2 $0.00
CUT Jacqui Concolino 77 - 72 149 3 $0.00
CUT Katherine Kirk 75 - 74 149 3 $0.00
CUT Lisa McCloskey 75 - 74 149 3 $0.00
CUT Carlota Ciganda 74 - 75 149 3 $0.00
CUT Victoria Elizabeth 74 - 75 149 3 $0.00
CUT I.K. Kim 74 - 75 149 3 $0.00
CUT Min Seo Kwak 74 - 75 149 3 $0.00
CUT Hee Young Park 73 - 76 149 3 $0.00
CUT Paula Reto 71 - 78 149 3 $0.00
CUT Jing Yan 71 - 78 149 3 $0.00
CUT Maria Hernandez 76 - 74 150 4 $0.00
CUT Pornanong Phatlum 76 - 74 150 4 $0.00
CUT Yani Tseng 76 - 74 150 4 $0.00
CUT Amelia Lewis 75 - 75 150 4 $0.00
CUT Pat Hurst 73 - 77 150 4 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Rosales 73 - 77 150 4 $0.00
CUT Christina Kim 71 - 79 150 4 $0.00
CUT Pernilla Lindberg 71 - 79 150 4 $0.00
CUT Rebecca Lee-Bentham 78 - 73 151 5 $0.00
CUT Demi Runas 78 - 73 151 5 $0.00
CUT Danielle Kang 77 - 74 151 5 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Johnson 76 - 75 151 5 $0.00
CUT Belen Mozo 76 - 75 151 5 $0.00
CUT Karlin Beck 75 - 76 151 5 $0.00
CUT Karin Sjodin 75 - 76 151 5 $0.00
CUT Natalie Gulbis 74 - 77 151 5 $0.00
CUT Dewi Claire Schreefel 74 - 77 151 5 $0.00
CUT Simin Feng 69 - 82 151 5 $0.00
CUT Ariya Jutanugarn 77 - 75 152 6 $0.00
CUT Haeji Kang 76 - 76 152 6 $0.00
CUT Katie Burnett 75 - 77 152 6 $0.00
CUT Eun-Hee Ji 75 - 77 152 6 $0.00
CUT Sophia Popov 71 - 81 152 6 $0.00
CUT Lisa Grimes 79 - 74 153 7 $0.00
CUT Ilhee Lee 79 - 74 153 7 $0.00
CUT Jackie Stoelting 79 - 74 153 7 $0.00
CUT Jodi Ewart Shadoff 78 - 75 153 7 $0.00
CUT Beatriz Recari 78 - 75 153 7 $0.00
CUT Sandra Changkija 77 - 76 153 7 $0.00
CUT Jaye Marie Green 76 - 77 153 7 $0.00
CUT Cheyenne Woods 76 - 77 153 7 $0.00
CUT Ayako Uehara 74 - 79 153 7 $0.00
CUT Paz Echeverria 78 - 76 154 8 $0.00
CUT Maria McBride 75 - 79 154 8 $0.00
CUT Sarah Kemp 74 - 80 154 8 $0.00
CUT Kristy McPherson 74 - 80 154 8 $0.00
CUT Jean Bartholomew 79 - 76 155 9 $0.00
CUT Tiffany Joh 79 - 76 155 9 $0.00
CUT Laura Diaz 82 - 74 156 10 $0.00
CUT Yueer Cindy Feng 77 - 79 156 10 $0.00
CUT Ashleigh Simon 77 - 79 156 10 $0.00
CUT Sarah Jane Smith 77 - 79 156 10 $0.00
CUT Danah Bordner 76 - 80 156 10 $0.00
CUT Alison Walshe 75 - 81 156 10 $0.00
CUT Therese Koelbaek 81 - 76 157 11 $0.00
CUT Sue Kim 78 - 79 157 11 $0.00
CUT Ji Young Oh 78 - 79 157 11 $0.00
CUT Sun Young Yoo 78 - 79 157 11 $0.00
CUT Alejandra Llaneza 77 - 80 157 11 $0.00
CUT Elizabeth Caron 80 - 78 158 12 $0.00
CUT Amanda Moore 79 - 79 158 12 $0.00
CUT Stephanie Meadow 76 - 82 158 12 $0.00
CUT Marissa Steen 78 - 81 159 13 $0.00
CUT Laurie Rinker 80 - 81 161 15 $0.00
CUT Karen Paolozzi 76 - 85 161 15 $0.00
CUT Julie Yang 76 - 85 161 15 $0.00
CUT Alison Curdt 81 - 81 162 16 $0.00
CUT Charlotta Sorenstam 81 - 83 164 18 $0.00
WDC Caroline Masson 79 79 6 $0.00
WDC Se Ri Pak 84 84 11 $0.00

 

Preview

DATES:  June 11-14
SITE:  Westchester Country Club, Harrison, New York
PRIZE MONEY: $3,500,000
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The old with the new:
While the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship debuts this week at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York, the LPGA’s second major of the season honors the tradition and history of the LPGA Championship. This PGA Championship will be operated by the PGA of America in close collaboration with the LPGA, with a purse among the highest in women’s golf at $3.5 million. The champion will receive the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Trophy and a five-year exemption into the LPGA’s other four major championships (ANA Inspiration, Ricoh Women’s British Open, US Women’s Open Conducted by the USGA, The Evian Championship).

Park's place:
Inbee Park, currently ranked #2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, is the two-time defending champion, having won previously at Locust Hill Country Club (2013) and Monroe Country Club (2014). Six women have won this championship in consecutive seasons, but of the six, only Annika Sörenstam (2003-05) claimed three straight titles. Park can match Sörenstam’s three-peat with another title defense this week, and at the same time, reclaim the #1 ranking. “I've never done anything three times in a row before -- well, a couple majors -- (laughter) but three times like defending, three times, never done that before, so that would be very special for me,” added Park.

More major motivation:
The Rolex ANNIKA Major Award (RAMA) is given annually to the LPGA player who performs best in the season’s major championships and therefore emulates the excellence that was commonly displayed by Hall of Famer Annika Sörenstam, for whom the honor is named. By winning last year’s inaugural RAMA, Michelle Wie remembers that even major championships, such as this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, can offer extra incentive. “Winning the RAMA award last year … being able to win the inaugural one, I felt very honored, “said Wie. “It's also a motivation to do it this year, as well. But you have to win a major to be able to even qualify for it, so it's definitely something I think about and something that's motivating me.”

Wie joins PGA Junior League Golf as newest ambassador:
During her pre-tournament media interview, Michelle Wie announced, in conjunction with the PGA of America, that she will serve as an ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf, which introduces kids ages 13 and under to the game in a fun, social and inclusive team-based environment. Wie, the reigning U.S. Women’s Open Champion, joins defending PGA Champion Rory McIlroy, who was named PGA Junior League Golf ambassador in 2014.

PGA Junior League Golf, which is owned and managed by the PGA of America, featured a soaring number of participants in 2014 with 17,500 boys and girls participating on 1,425 teams nationwide, a 95-percent increase from 2013. Nearly 30,000 youth are involved this year. “I love the concept of it, making it like a team sport a little bit. You'll have the LPGA and PGA professionals teaching the kids. I think it's such a fun concept. Golf can be a lonely sport and solo sport, and with kids it builds camaraderie and makes it more fun,” said Wie.

PGA Junior League Golf is similar in structure to other youth sports, where participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends. Following today’s Pro-Am, Wie surprised and mingled with local Junior League Golf teams from Westchester Country Club, Wykagyl Country Club and Eisenhower Park.

Kerr at home in New York/Westchester Country Club:
This week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is a homecoming of sorts for Cristie Kerr, who won this tournament in 2010. Kerr not only has a residence in the area, but has multiple friends that are members at Westchester County Club. She admitted she’s “thrown the rumor out there that I might join (Westchester Country Club).” Kerr’s reverence for the area, the course and its history are apparent, “being in the New York area, being in this area, which is such a golf town, you can't hope to be on a better golf course than this. I'm not just saying that because it's a little bit of a home game. I'm saying that because it is such a scenic, beautiful, tough as nails golf course that we deserve as a tour to be on. We are great players and it's great to be on a venue that has this much history to it.”

The long and short of it:
Lexi Thompson, who won her first major at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, knows that Westchester Country Club is going to provide a stern test worthy of a KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. This is her first trip to Westchester and she said the West Course is in “in amazing shape.” She expects a long course made even longer by rains, but traditionally, her preparations approaching majors tend to focus on “the short game around the greens, especially this week.” Thompson continued, “there's a lot of run-offs on the greens and you have to practice little chip shots or even bumps, and the rough is pretty thick around the greens.”

Dancing in the pro-am:
Two of Dancing With The Stars’ most renown instructors, Tony Dovolani and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, enjoyed back-to-back tee times in today’s Pro-Am. Dovolani played with Brooke Henderson, while Chmerkovskiy joined Belen Mozo’s group. Among the notables also enjoying Westchester today were Matt Lauer (NBC’s The Today Show, paired with Michelle Wie) and Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame head women’s basketball coach, paired with two-time major-winner Stacy Lewis).
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Stronger than strong field:
This week’s 156-player field for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship includes 99 of the top 100 players on the LPGA Official Money List. The top 50 players on the money list will be teeing it up this week on the West Course at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.

Inspiring greatness:
Earlier today, KPMG hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit at Westchester Country Club, the site of this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. 66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good served as keynote speakers for the groundbreaking event that included luminaries and panelists from the worlds of business, sport and media. The summit’s concept and primary objective – Inspire Greatness -- were born from collaboration between KPMG, the PGA of America and the LPGA. While speaking to media about the event during a mid-day break, U.S. chairman and CEO elect of KPMG, Lynne Doughtie, said this “is a tremendously exciting day for all of us at the KPMG Leadership Summit … everyone is just riveted by the speakers.” Doughtie added, “it's a great opportunity to create an environment where women feel inspired by current leaders.”

Ms KPMG:
Stacy Lewis, the Rolex Rankings #3 ranked player, is affiliated with KPMG, which is the title sponsor of this week’s Women’s PGA Championship. While that relationship has kept Lewis busier than normal leading into a major championship – she participated in the afternoon portion of today’s KPMG’s Women’s Leadership Summit – it also allowed her a unique voice as to how this championship would look, feel and flow. Lewis was pleased to be able to get “in (KPMG Global Chairman) John Veihmeyer's ear a little bit and saying … we could take what we are doing here at our (other) events and turn this into a really big and cool tournament. It was cool for me to kind of pass some ideas around.” She likes how things are shaping up for KPMG, the LPGA, the PGA of America and Westchester Country Club. “The three things were, a big course, a big purse, and network TV, and they killed it with all three,” said Lewis, who added “you walk up 18 and it feels like a big tournament and that was what we were looking for.”

Pettersen's source of local knowledge:
Suzann Pettersen won last week’s Manulife LPGA Classic to tally her 15th career victory, first since October of 2013. At the end of last season, Pettersen began working with coach Butch Harmon, who was born locally in New Rochelle and his father, Claude, was a long-time head professional at nearby Winged Foot. “Butch grew up playing around this place, so he has a lot of good knowledge. We talked about it,” said Pettersen. She then described working with Harmon as “very impressive so far. Hands on, genuinely interested in trying to make you a better player. And what I like is he's very current. He works with the best male players in the world. He's surrounded by great guys.”

In search of the golden putter?
Lydia Ko is the top-ranked player for a 19th straight week and many are asking if Westchester Country Club is the course on which she will capture her first major championship. “I don't feel like I'm a perfectionist, but people say I have that kind of a personality. So sometimes … I try and force it a little bit,” said Ko, who will be participating in her 14th career major this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. But what spoils of winning a major championship have caught her attention? The 18 year-old Ko says Callaway provides “a golden putter when you win a major, so I would love to keep one of those.”

The activation of an ambassador:
Michelle Wie on Tuesday announced, in conjunction with the PGA of America, that she will serve as an ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf. After having her ambassadorial debut delayed by rain yesterday, Wie jumped into the fray late today as she met and mingled with local Junior League Golf teams from Westchester Country Club and Eisenhower Park.

Drive chip & putt:
Three female winners of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition are on site this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Effie Perakis (Age Group: Girls 7-9, Hometown: Glenview, Illinois), Lydia Swan (Age Group: Girls 10-11, Hometown: North East, Pennsylvania) and Alexandra Swayne (Age Group: 14-15, Hometown: Mainesville, Ohio).





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